John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Last Mission Accomplished and Home to Stay. Thank you Atlantis!

Last Mission Accomplished and Home to Stay. Thank you Atlantis!

The safe landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on 7/21/2011 at 5:57 AM, signalled the end of an era here on the Space Coast. This 12 day flight officially ended the 30 year old shuttle program but there is renewed hope for continued success at KSC. The Atlas V rocket is undergoing safety evaluations to determine if it can be used for manned space flights. Delta rockets continue to launch payloads and Space X is quickly becoming a viable commercial launch program. NASA will now focus on deep space exploration while dealing with serious budget restraints.

Welcome home Atlantis! I'll visit you when you are on permanent display at the Kennedy Space Center.

The Last Shuttle Landing

The final crew for Atlantis Mission STS 135.

Last Shuttle Crew

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Comment balloon 10 commentsJohn Mayer • July 21 2011 11:43AM

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When the shuttle last landed a month or so ago, I heard the huge sonic boom here in Sarasota! I am bummed that I missed this last one as I was looking forward to hearing the final salute. Great post! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Scott Pierce, Founder & Chief Evangelist at Listings-to-Leads (Listings-to-Leads) over 8 years ago

Thanks Vincent - I'm surprised that you could hear the sonic booms in Sarasota. They're really loud right here in Cape Canaveral but you are on the other side of the State!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

John,

A sad day for America. I read that we just added 8,000 NASA employees to the unemployed.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Rich - Yes, it's a sad day for the USA and NASA. The job losses certainly don't help my area but the cruise ships are going strong and tourism will always be a large part of the local economy. We have to keep a positive attitude.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

John,

And now we get to pay Russia for trips to space?

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden 636-399-7544, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 8 years ago

Ann - Apparently so. The NASA funding cuts have had an effect in my area and I guess we'll see how much very soon.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

Hi John, Sad to see this chapter come to an end in space travel.  It will be interesting to see what unfolds and hopefully the private sector will find a way to get it up and going in the not too distant future.

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 8 years ago

Hi Gloria - Actually, there is a Jupiter Probe launch on Aug, 5th with 2 more planetary launches after that. Things are still rolling along, just not manned flight for now.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

John, 1,000 of those NASA employees lost jobs here at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Alabama.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 8 years ago

Nick - It sucks losing your job, especially after so many years of dedicated service. We really need to get a manned space program going again fast!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

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