This Week in the Future, July 5-8, 2011

And today we say goodbye to a space program that has captivated us for decades. I can’t say it as eloquently as Rebecca, but this Baarbarian illustration should serve as our pictorial adieu to the Shuttle program. (You can check out all of our coverage of today’s launch here, by the way.)

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