New Dates Set for Final Scheduled Shuttle Missions

New Dates Set for Final Scheduled Shuttle Missions

As expected, NASA has reset the dates for the final two scheduled space shuttle missions. STS-133 (Discovery) is now expected to be launched on November 1, 2010 (instead of in September) and STS-134 (Endeavour) on February 26, 2011 (instead of November 2010).

With the slip into the second quarter of FY2011, additional funds may be needed for the shuttle program above what is requested in the President’s FY2011 budget. That shuttle funding request included $600 million to cover shuttle operations only for the first quarter of FY2011.

Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) supporters undoubtedly are pleased with the news. Many have wanted to spread out the remaining shuttle flights both to keep more of the workforce employed and to allow more logistical flexibility.

Meanwhile, Senator Bill Nelson continues to press for the addition of one more shuttle flight, the so-called “launch on need” mission.

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