The Space Shuttle Endeavor finished up its mission and left the Space Station –for the last time. It is kind of sad to realize that NASA’s Space Shuttles are about to be a thing of the past. They have several designs competing to be the next generation replacement but one is yet to be chosen let alone build and put in service. How are we going to get Astronauts and supplies up to the Space Station and back? Well, don’t worry. The Russians are happy to give us taxi rides on their rockets and capsules (and let me tell you, the meters and those things fares as high at the space station itself).
The Navy announced it will name an aircraft carrier currently under construction after President John F. Kennedy. The carrier, designated CVN-79, will be the second aircraft carrier named after President Kennedy. The previous one, CVN-67, was recently decommissioned after 4 decades of service. Efforts are currently underway to make that ship into a floating museum in Philadelphia.
Speaking of the Navy, here is an interesting tidbit. The commander of the Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team has been relieved of command at his own request after the team performed a flight maneuver at a low, unsafe altitude. Officials offered no details in the brief statement, but it is doubtless linked to the Blue Angels' May 22 performance at the Lynchburg Regional Air Show in Virginia. Jets flying a so-called Barrel Roll Break maneuver reportedly came in too low before climbing again.
"This maneuver, combined with other instances of not meeting the airborne standard that makes the Blue Angels the exceptional organization that it is, led to my decision to step down," Cmdr. Dave Koss, the team's commanding officer, said in the statement.
The Navy did not indicate if any pilots would face disciplinary action over the maneuver.
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