## Friday, July 08, 2011 ... /////

### Atlantis has been launched: will terminate the space shuttle era

The last launch of a space shuttle will take place today after 5 p.m. Prague Summer Time.

Despite all the talk about alternatives and other interesting things happening, and about the uselessness of manned flights, I can't get rid of the feeling that this development is a significant setback for the American space research - that may be literally losing its dominant spot today - and for the mankind's space research itself.

Just to be sure, it doesn't seem that the manned flights are the only sector that suffers. Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, is at risk of being killed, too.

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