Astronauts, Obama and Hasta La Vista

Bad Hair Day for Astronauts

It’s kind of a given that when you go up into space, you’re unlikely to experience the best hair day.  In fact, if anyone remembers the greeting the space people gave to Will and Kate on their special day. Yet apparently it can be the cause of embarrassment as Sandy Magnus discovered once photos depicting her particular bad hair day spread around the globe.  Still, even if she had known ahead of time, there probably wasn’t much she could have done due to the zero-gravity conditions on the International Space Station.  It wasn’t her hair the photographers were after though, but her discussions with President Obama from space.

Obama’s Odes

In Obama’s last call to space he thanked the shuttle program’s service, praising their work.  He said, “I know that there have been thousands who have poured their hearts and souls into America’s space shuttle program over the last three decades that are following this journey with special interest.  To them and all the men and women of Nasa, I want to say thank you. You helped our country lead the space age, and you continue to inspire us.”

Space Shuttle Program Shuts

Currently, Atlantis is in a 13-day resupply mission to the space station.  It is due to land next Thursday which will mark “the end of the 30-year space shuttle program.”  Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour will thereafter all be “retired to museums.”

Post-Shuttle Era

Still, work remains to be done and Obama promised the continuation of space exploration through Nasa, setting a goal of “sending astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid by 2025 and to Mars and its moons by the mid-2030s.”

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