The final thirteen

As well as truncating the shuttle program, NASA also truncated the shuttle crew, reducing it from seven to six from STS-132 onward. This means that the combined crews of the International Space Station and the space shuttle Discovery’s STS-131 is likely to be the last time thirteen people live on the ISS.

The last big ’13’ to be in the space news at the moment, Apollo 13, continues to be remembered on its fortieth anniversary with a series of 13 Things that save Apollo 13 on Universe Today with ‘Navigating by Earth’s Terminator‘.

For those looking forward already to the next of the shuttle missions, third to last of them, a tweet-up is to be held in Florida. 150 people selected at random from those who register with NASA will meet the crew and hopefully watch the launch over a two day event on May 13th-14th. Offer open to twitter users who follow @NASA.


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