In Florida, one of the possible final visits for the International Space Station began on Friday with the launch of Atlantis and six astronauts at NASA Kennedy Center. The mission was scheduled to deliver the cargo, critical spare parts and a Russian laboratory to the station.
This will be the third of five final shuttle missions planned for 2010, and the last release planned for Atlantis. The Russian-made Mini-Research Module 1 is located within the shuttle’s cargo bay. Also known as Rassvet (dawn in Russian), provide additional storage space and a docking port for the new Russian Soyuz spacecraft and Progress. The laboratory will be connected to the bottom port of the Zarya module at the station.
With funding in jeopardy who knows where the space programs will go. I really think that moon of Mars, Phobos, has got something interesting.