space shuttle en Michigan astronaut: "I have many mixed emotions" <p>The <a href="">Detroit Free Press </a>profiled Jerry Linenger today, a former mission specialist for the shuttle Discovery, who talked about his mixed emotions regarding today&#39;s final shuttle launch.</p><p>From <a href="">the article</a>:</p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 20:20:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3215 at Michigan astronaut: "I have many mixed emotions" Space Shuttle program winding down this year <p>Thirty years ago, <a href="">the launch of the space shuttle Columbia</a> was big news.</p><p>As NASA put more shuttles in orbit, the focus on the launches became much less intense.</p><p>Today, NASA&#39;s Space Shuttle program is coming to an end. So, in honor of the next to last launch of a space shuttle, here is video of <em>Endeavor&#39;s</em> last lift-off (launch number 134 of an orbiting space shuttle) :</p><p><script type="text/javascript" src=""></script></p><p>The narrator of the video says the <em>Endeavor </em>weighs 4.5 million pounds on the ground. After one minute of flight time, half that weight is gone as it burns up 11,000 pounds of fuel per second.</p><p>Endeavor is captained <span class="meta-per">Mark E. Kelly</span>, the husband of Representative Gabrielle Giffords who was severely wounded by an assassin&#39;s bullet last January. Giffords watched the liftoff and <a href="">reportedly</a> said &quot;Good stuff, good stuff.&quot;</p><p>The Space Shuttle <i>Atlantis </i>is scheduled to be the last flight for the Space Shuttle program.</p><p>It&#39;s scheduled to launch this July. Mon, 16 May 2011 19:40:40 +0000 Mark Brush 2516 at Space Shuttle program winding down this year