Barack Obama has brought back hope to the scientific community by announcing a funding plan that will see the NASA shuttle breeding program reinstated signaling a revival of US space exploration. After spending the last few years alone in a hangar, the aging Discovery shuttle will be put to stud with some healthy 747’s in a last ditch hope that one or two may catch the fussy Discovery’s eye and result in some strong and healthy offspring. Unfortunately previous attempts to produce an offspring with the Discovery’s son, the Endeavour, have proven fruitless and NASA fertility experts have had an uphill battle to convince the Obama administration that the elderly Discovery is still capable of siring another shuttle.
The Discovery wasted no time in demonstrating the smooth moves that produced the Endeavour shuttle back in 1991.
The young shuttles are hand reared by keepers as the 747’s show little if any maternal instincts once their shuttle has been delivered. As always it is emotional when these young shuttles have to be released for the first time and allowed to explore on their own but all involved agree it is well worth it. Without letting go, the opportunity for these shuttles to travel into space and return to earth with the news that pretty much everything within our reach outside of earth is inhospitable and incapable of supporting life would be lost and we would be left wondering these questions.
Disovery’s adoptive mum beaming with pride as the young shuttle reaches maturity and finally grows it’s side booster rockets.
Obama stated that whilst he was aware that there was a chance that the program would fail to deliver, he was acutely aware of how the equivalent Russian space agency allowed their Shuttles to go into extinction with the last remaining breeding shuttle, the Buran, being finally laid to rest in 1993. He considered the NASA breeding program worth the investment to make one final attempt at keeping these magnificent space flight capable creatures in existence.
Nixon, accompanied by a Las Vegas Kirk Douglas impersonator, holding a young two week old shuttle produced during the initial phases of the shuttle breeding program during 1971. This particular shuttle, name unknown, went on to father the Columbia in 1979 now famous for being the first shuttle to go into space in it’s historic 1981 maiden voyage.