Hard to believe that the final Space Shuttle mission is over and the USA doesn’t have a clear follow up to the shuttle program. However the final shuttle astronauts are being honored in New York City this week, most notably by Mayor Bloomberg.
It wasn't quite a tickertape parade, but the final space shuttle crew was honored by New York City today (Aug. 17) with a proclamation by the mayor.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared today "STS-135 Atlantis Crew Day" by presenting the four STS-135 astronauts with a plaque during a ceremony at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.
The astronauts landed July 21 on NASA's 135th and final space shuttle mission, closing out the 30-year program. Now the crew is on a whirlwind tour of New York City that included a stop this morning to meet Sesame Street Muppet Elmo and greet the public at an outdoor science fair.