FL: Final shuttle trip to be short-staffed

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July 7, 2011
New York Times    
Posted in News, PND News

"On the 135th and final launching of the 30-year-old space shuttle program, there will be only four astronauts abroad. Normally, there are six or seven. The reason has to do with Atlantis being the last flight: With no spare shuttle available to go and rescue the astronauts in case something goes wrong, the Americans would have to ask Russia to retrieve the US crew from the International Space Station. The Russian spacecraft -- known as Soyuz capsules -- hold only three astronauts, so two people would have to fly up and bring home the Americans, one at a time." (07/07/11)



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