Cadets Meet Space Shuttle Astronauts

This is a copy of a report I wrote a few months ago about our visit to see the STS-132 astronauts. The report was used in the Devon and Somerset Wing Air Cadet Magazine ‘The Mercury’

This year marks a very special year for NASA, and it is, rather unfortunately, a sad one too. It all started long before I was born on the 12th of April 1981. On that day 2 men, one an ex-Apollo astronaut, found themselves strapped into a new vehicle, a vehicle that would launch them 166 miles upwards at a speed of 17,500mph, a vehicle that would protect them whilst orbiting our pale blue dot, and a vehicle that could withstand 1500°C of heat whilst re-entering the atmosphere and slowing them down to less than 300mph before touchdown. This vehicle is of course, the Space Shuttle. Continue reading

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