The final flight of the Space Shuttle.

I realize how late this is in coming, but I haven't had time to go through the photographs on my phone in several months. Here are some pictures of the last flight of the Space Shuttle as it passed over the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland on 17 April 2012:

Yes, they're kind of crappy, I took them with my cellphone.

Data recovery in extremis: Space Shuttle Columbia

On 1 February 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed while re-entering the Earth's atmosphere following a touch-and-go mission due to the damage incurred by the orbiter during lift off some days earlier. The crew was killed and the shuttle lost, presumably with all of the data collected while in orbit going with it. Save for the data from experiment CXV-2, which gathered information pertaining to the point of critical viscosity of xenon gas.. while poring over the wreckage of the Columbia, the recovery team operating out of the Johnson Space Center found most of the fragments of a 400 …

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