NASA is offering artifacts from the retired shuttle program to schools; things like astronaut meals and heat shield tiles. Some 350 dehydrated meals — “not for consumption,” NASA advises — and 3,000 thermal tiles are being offered to schools on a first-come, first-served basis. “Not only are we preserving a critical part of our nation’s history, but we are reusing government property in an unexpected way by giving these NASA artifacts a second life in our nation’s schools,” Steven J. Kempf, commissioner of the General Service Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, said in a statement.
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The space shuttle Endeavour’s final homecoming will be tomorrow. It’s scheduled to land at 2:35 a.m. ET Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This will be the end of its final mission, completing two decades of space travel history. Here’s a great retrospective piece from the LA Times:
NASA’s humanoid robot unveiled on space station: Astronauts at the International Space Station unpacked Robonaut on March 15th, 2½ weeks after its arrival via shuttle Discovery. NASA broadcast the humorous unveiling ceremony Wednesday. American Catherine Coleman and Italian Paolo Nespoli pried off the lid of the robot’s packing box, as though they were opening a coffin. Robonaut - also known as R2 - was spotted a minute later in front of a work station.