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Last Shuttle Flight Marks End of an Era

The shuttle program has been in existence for almost 30 years and today people in Lawrence County celebrated the end of an era. About 300 people gathered at the Girls Club in Lawrence County to pay homage to its rich history of producing individuals who travel to space.

Astronaut Ken Bowersox flew in the space five times, though he says it’s a sad moment to see a vehicle get retired—it’s also great potential for the future.

“We learned a lot from the space shuttles. If you think about all of the different missions the space shuttles flew you’ll see just about every type of mission that could be conducted in the future has been conducted on a space shuttle,” Bowersox said.

In addition to Browersox, Lawrence County residents Charlie Walker and Gus Grissom also went to space. Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis says that’s rare for such a small community.

“We wanted to really celebrate, and I think it really inspires young people to reach for things that maybe they wouldn’t have considered before,” Girgis said.

Bowersox says in order for the space mission to move forward it will take what was learned in the shuttle and build the future.

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