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God I can't wait till we finally get back to the #Moon and finally onto #Mars. Or even launching from the #USA again. So embarrassing that @NASA has been crippled for the last 9 years like this. Definitely worse than the budget cuts that killed the last 3 #Apollo missions. (1/7)
I understand the need to retire the #Shuttle, but doing so before you had a replacement for it in line in short order was just so short sighted. Even IF the @NASA_SLS didn't fall so behind schedule and run SO badly over budget (initially supposed to launch in 2018... (2/7)
and now not going to launch until at LEAST 2021 - as well as costing an insane amount per launch for a "disposable" rocket.)

All of that would have been fine with me except that initially there was a 7 year gap. A planned 7 year gap with zero launches from American soil... (3/7)
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Upon multiple request I will try to recreate the construction of the #ISS with the recent released @LEGO_Group model in this thread (if you find any errors please let me know):
On November 20th 1998 the first #ISS module #Zarya aka #FGB was launched from #Kazakhstan with a #ProtonK rocket. It was built in Russia but funded by @nasa but operated by @roscosmos. Its purpose is cargo storage
On December 4th Space Shuttle #Endeavour launched with the 1st US #ISS module #Unity on #STS88. Shortly after launch #Unity together with #PMA1 + #PMA2 were lifted from the payload bay and docked to the shuttle docking adapter:
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Growing up, I heard there was a secret "NASA" rocket testing facility in northern Nevada (home for me), but I never knew what it was. Today, I finally found out...
Thanks to @Erdayastronaut, while digging into aerospike engine history, he came across this test site in Nevada called the "Nevada Field Laboratory" (NFL) which is tucked away between Reno, NV and Pyramid Lake 📍 Map:,…
The NFL test site is only 20 miles north of Reno, and the only people that (I recall) knowing that this place even existed were local farmers.

Turns out...this place was instrumental in the #Gemini, #Apollo, and #Shuttle programs for supporting rocket engine dev testing 🚀
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