Just as amazing as the Space Shuttles themselves, this touching video demonstrates the incredible spirit of the people who made them possible. Read those cards. Did you see it? There they are, thanking us, the American people for the 30 years of the Space Shuttle Program.
Every single person ever involved in making our Space Shuttles the beloved & cherished icons of American ingenuity they are & always will be deserves our thanks. Since I was 5 years old, these countless individuals, through whatever job they’ve done, have given America an incredible source of inspiration, pride, & the knowledge that if we can dream it we can do it. These people taught us that, even in the face of tragedies, Americans get back on their feet & off the ground–moving forward, up, above & beyond. Not even gravity can keep us down for long!
What began as a competitive space race years before, eventually evolved, with our Space Shuttle Program, into something even more magnificent–international cooperation for the expansion of humanity’s knowledge of the vast Universe in which live. Yes, I find the genuinely happy faces of all those different nationalities of people greeting the Space Shuttle crew at the International Space Station as they open those hatches at docking to be a symbol of hope in a world that often seems hopeless.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis launched in all her glory into low-earth-orbit at 11:29am EDT on July 8th, 2011 to begin STS-135–the final NASA Space Shuttle mission ever &, at wheels down, the end of an era. To see the people in this video, who may very well be joining the ranks of the unemployed soon, putting forth the effort to say an honestly heartfelt ‘thank you’ to America is one heck of a shining example of exactly what they’ve given us with our Space Shuttles all along–the message that, even when all seems lost, there is always something to be grateful for & there is always hope.
On July 13, 2011 the STS-135 & Expedition 28 astronauts sent their own video of appreciation to the Space Shuttle Workforce while NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis was docked to the International Space Station.
(Post edited by Cari on July 14, 2011 to include thank you video from STS-135 & Expedition 28 astronauts)