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A Tribute to All 135 of NASA’s Space Shuttle Missions [Video]

shuttle landing at sunset

Now that Atlantis has safely returned to Earth and the 30-year space shuttle program has drawn to a close, it’s time to look back at the reign of Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour and the tragically shortened careers of Challenger and Columbia. Since 1981 NASA has launched 135 shuttle missions, reaching destinations such as the Mir space [...]

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Space Shuttle Era Ends with Safe Landing of Atlantis

FInal landing of the space shuttle

NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program drew to an end this morning when the Atlantis orbiter touched down safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle landed to complete its final mission—and the final mission for the shuttle program overall—at 5:57 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time. It was the first available landing opportunity for the orbiter. [...]

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