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Government Shutdown May Delay Space Shuttle Launch

NASA confirmed on April 8th, 2011 that a government shutdown might delay the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. The odds of a shutdown increased when Democrats and Republicans wrestled over a budget plan. According to Computerworld, a NASA spokesman said that although a shutdown lasting only a few days would not “affect the scheduled April 29 shuttle launch, a longer shutdown” would.

The federal government cannot close for over a week if the Endeavour is to stick to schedule. As previously mentioned, this will be Endeavour’s final flight before…

Houston, Robonaut 2 Is Ready To Serve.

Discovery launched at 4:50PM EST. It was (and still is) the last mission for Discovery and the third-to-last mission for the entire space shuttle program. Unique about this mission, is that it is the first to carry a humanoid robot into space, the Robonaut 2. The Robonaut 2’s (R2) technologies “have real-world applications for sensor development, such as possible enhancements to lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, adaptive cruise control and rear park assist.”

According to NASA, “A Robonaut is a dextrous humanoid robot built and designed at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.” NASA plans to use Robonauts to…