I can’t help feeling that things will never be the same again with the ending of the shuttle program. The era of big US publicly funded space projects is over and the modernist imagery which can trace its lineage back to the Third Reich will be supplanted by corporate logos, lean pared down ground support operations and a wholly more functionalist approach to space. It’s the privatisation culture finally going cosmic. Testament I suppose to the success of the pioneers that space technology is now sufficiently reliable to be commoditised in this way.

Finally, a shot of Atlantis, post-landing and its virtual equivalent from Google Earth. I tracked this last mission for most of its journey these last days via the amazing real time telemetry stream that NASA supplied for Google Earth. FAB.

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