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Sunday, March 06, 2005
[Media Source*] What luck to be an astronaut now...
The last class of astronauts has already been warned that it's unclear whether any of them will fly during the shuttle era - which ends in five years. All face an uncertain future and development of the next-generation space vehicle could take until 2010.
Well, I guess they are going to have to send out resumes for new work. Or they could simply send their resumes here or here.
It seems the reason for the delay (or rather the potential cancellation) of shuttle launches stems from the Columbia accident that occurred over two years ago. Despite the fact that they may never fly again, many of them are taking the news quite "easily."
"We are not stewing over here because we are not flying...We are all busy trying to get back to flying. We all turn ourselves to the task at hand and that is how we deal with it." [George Zamka, an astronaut who has been waiting seven years.]
NASA at least is keeping them busy by preparing them for the "return-to-flight" mode. Hopefully they can give those boys (and girls) a chance to fly before their entire shuttle fleet is phased out by 2010. Selah!
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