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Space Shuttle Discovery

The Space Shuttle Discovery is being retired and sent to the Smithsonian in Washington. Here's an interesting view inside the shuttle.
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The very last flight of the space shuttle will take place on 8th July. It will be the shuttle Atlantis. 
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Question how is NASA going to get the cargo to the International Space Station in the future with out the Space Shuttles?
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Using Russian hardware.
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But NASA has a warehouse full of cargo to go to the International Space Station.
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Petlew is right Gary.  it will be taken by the Russians.
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So how is NASA going to get a warehouse full of cargo that needs to go to the International Space Station to the Russians from a warehouse that is the size of 3 football pitchs?
Plus NASA has a new section of the International Space Station to go up, not to menshen the new satellites to go up from NASA, plus maintenance work on some of the old satellites such as NASA's telescope, plus communications equipment such as BskyB satellites, you can not do that from a Russian Spaceship, to do that you need the Space Shuttles that is the only way of doing the work.
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some of those satellites are sent up my French Arianne rockets
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Whilst I don't know the answer to your questions Gary I assume all this would have been sorted out before the shuttles stopped being operational.
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http://www.spacenews.com/launch/091218-ariane-satellite-launch-boosts-french-led-recon-program.html
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Europes_Arianespace_Satellite_Launcher_Hits_Cruising_Speed.html

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In 2005, Arianespace, the world's biggest satellite launcher, and Starsem, a European-Russian subsidiary, put 11 satellites into orbit - "a world record", according to Le Gall, and "more than all of our competitors combined".
Ariane completed five flights to launch the satellites and the Starsem-controlled Soyuz rockets flew three missions.
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Recent Ariane launch - April 2011  http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/04/live-ariane-eca-launch-yahsat-1a-and-intelsat-new-dawn/
one of the payloads belongs to Abu Dhabi, made in America

and New Dawn - Built by Orbital Sciencs of Washington DC
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Whilst I don't know the answer to your questions Gary I assume all this would have been sorted out before the shuttles stopped being operational.

You would hope so!
I have done some research in to Russian Space Ships, I think the Russian's may use the Russian Buran Orbiter to do the maintenance work on NASA's telescope and communications equipment such as BskyB satellites.
Space Shuttle and the Russian Buran Orbiter
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no Garry, they dont have a working shuttle, they ue a parachute capsule to bring the Astro back
The Buran completed one unmanned spaceflight in 1988 before the cancellation of the program in 1993 and was later stored in a hangar at the Baikonur cosmodrome, where a hangar collapse accident in 2002 destroyed the orbital vehicle.
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So in that case the Russian's can not do the maintenance work on NASA's telescope and communications equipment such as BskyB satellites.
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as far as I know, Nobody does any maintenance on the B Sky satellites, but I am not sure if they can do space walks from their craft to look at  the Telescope