Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a leading proponent of aggressively ramping up solar power production. She has consistently championed solar not only as “serious energy” for Arizona, but as “a major contribution to our nation’s energy needs” and a highly scalable resource that can be deployed in any region, for significant economic benefit.
On her website, she lists the following quote, to put the science and the business of solar in perspective: “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”—Thomas Edison, 1931
The Space Shuttle Endeavor has launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, with Commander Mark Kelly, the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, as pilot for the mission. The mission launched without incident, as the Shuttle and its fueling system and rocket boosters eased into a perfect planned arc on the rapid ascent into orbit.
After about 4 minutes, the massive solid-fuel rocket boosters burned out and broke away from the vehicle and main fuel tank, then once out of Earth’s atmosphere, the Shuttle rolled over into an upright position, with the atmospheric horizon below, and released its main fuel tank back to Earth. The Shuttle Endeavor then shut off its main engines and leveled into a perfect planned orbit, to begin its final mission.