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So does that mean no more humans in space? And how are the people on the ISS getting home?
This is just the end for the space shuttles. ISS missions will continue, astronauts and cosmonauts will be transported by Russian Soyuz rockets for the time being.

NASA is hoping to get commercial transportation in the future...
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1. Yes there will still be humans in space .
2. Via the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
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This is just the end for the space shuttles. ISS missions will continue, astronauts and cosmonauts will be transported by Russian Soyuz rockets for the time being.

NASA is hoping to get commercial transportation in the future...
Oh thanks! So ISS will still operate. What about other missions instead of the ISS?
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1. Yes there will still be humans in space .
2. Via the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
I was reading that russia pretty much doubled the price per american astronaut to go into space once we announced the end of the shuttle launches.

I'm sure they will come up with something else. I cant see us relying solely on russia for future space missions involving men.
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I was reading that russia pretty much doubled the price per american astronaut to go into space once we announced the end of the shuttle launches.

I'm sure they will come up with something else. I cant see us relying solely on russia for future space missions involving men.
Who can blame them? They provide a much needed service with next to no competition at this point.

I've read plenty of speculative articles on what the future may hold for NASA and their human spaceflight goals, but as far as I can tell at this point, they mostly only have acronyms: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/new_...pcv/index.html

My guess is a return to capsule launches via the Atlas rocket system.
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Maybe I'll see it take off while I'm out doing my yard work on Monday...
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They go by windows for orbits and other fancy stuff i dont know. Read the next possible launch is may.
The others are whether there are issues with the stack itself (of course this is one), whether the Merritt Island tracking station is being used for something else and whether or not there is a schelduled docking/undocking from the ISS at the same time since they're concerned about the shuttles' windows. Not sure what it is but there's something that concerns them about exhaust plumes from vehicles and the windows on the shuttles when they perform the burn to undock/separate.

The tight launch window with the ISS also doesn't help because they only have around 5 minutes to play with once they exit one of the early holds else the ISS will move out of plane with KSC. If it was a normal mission they could launch at any time. To investigate the issue they have to completely drain all cryo out of the ET since they're corrosive, then investigate the issue then fix it. Obviously it takes more than 5 minutes so they had to come out of the countdown because it's an ISS mission. Not that that would matter because the issue will take a few days (at best) to fix anyway.

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Edited by Harrier - 4/29/11 at 1:22pm
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