REALSPACE: Atlantis returns home and other space news.

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The Shuttle Atlantis landed for possibly the last time yesterday at the Kennedy Space Center ending its 32 flight. Atlantis will now be readied as a rescue ship for Discovery’s flight in September. NASA is lobbying congress for one more flight of Atlantis is use the last external fuel tank and solid booster set.

The Air Force announced that the flight of the X-51 waverider was a success and that it broke all previous scramjet records.

The scheduled launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 has been pushed back to June do to the Air Force and FAA not completing their review of the rockets flight termination (self destruct) system. If the administration is serious about letting private companies take up the slack from NASA why has this review taken so long when SpaceX has been flying the Falcon One for over a year now?