Space & Beyond

Don’t worry kids, you can still be an astronaut

Posted 25 Jul 2011 in Space & Beyond

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When the space shuttle Atlantis came to a halt for the last time, so did the dreams of all who had fantasized of riding on a space shuttle someday. That doesn't mean, however, that astronaut hopefuls should give up the goal of flying in space. They just have to adjust their idea of how they plan to get there. "I think the opportunities are still there" for kids to become astronauts, STS-135 mission specialist Rex Walheim, who landed on Atlantis' last mission Thursday, said before the flight. "We'll get back there. There's no question, it may take a few years, but for young kids today, it should be a blink of an eye." Bright future...