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Goodbye, Atlantis

This week we say goodbye to the space shuttle Atlantis.  NASA's running out of money and a lot of people feel that the economy woes are reason enough to stop flying around in spacesuits.  My take?  What else is money for if not to explore/understand our planet and what lie beyond?  Also, a ton of things we use every day that make our lives easier were developed at NASA - satellites, infrared technology (think ear thermometers to start), insoles, cordless tools, the lowly Brita water filter and yes, pens that can write upside down*.

Life magazine has a wonderful collection of space-themed photos - The Greatest-Ever Space Photos on down to NASA's Most Excellent Outfits.  My favorite is Beautiful Spacecraft Models, but I'm always all-in for the kitsch.

* I have no idea if this was actually invented at NASA or not.