Google closes LABS; NASA’s Atlantis ends 30-year “Shuttle Era”
Sad news for anyone who has enjoyed a giddy thrill or two of playing with a freshly released app from Google Labs: Google has announced it’s closing down the labs and killing off many of the experimental products created therein, all in the name of increasing its focus on developing products that have obvious benefits to the company’s bottom line.
Google announced the news on its official blog, stating, “We’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs. While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead.”
😦 I can’t do my random moments of fun anymore. It’s all about money, I tell you.
Ferguson eased Atlantis onto the runway at 5:57 a.m. EDT (0957 GMT), ending a 5.2 million-mile (8.4 million-km) journey and closing a key chapter in human space flight history.
“Mission complete, Houston,” Ferguson radioed to Mission Control.
Astronaut Barry Wilmore from Mission Control answered back, “We’ll take this opportunity to congratulate you Atlantis, as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space-faring nation who truly empowered this incredible spacecraft, which for three decades has inspired millions around the globe.”
Atlantis’ return from the 135th shuttle mission capped a 30-year program that made spaceflight appear routine, despite two fatal accidents that killed 14 astronauts and destroyed two of NASA’s five spaceships.
I’ll miss watching shuttles being launched into space. There’s nothing like watching something so big go very high with all the boosting and smoke and shit. I think this’ll be revived someday. Who knows? Maybe an underground group or some crazy billionaires-only club would want to see what the Earth looks like from the Moon.