The Space Shuttle program has long ended, but if you looked out towards the Atlantic from Miami Friday afternoon, you likely saw the Shuttle passing across the horizon.
2011 marked the end of an era as NASA retired its manned space shuttles after 30 years in space. As the shuttles were packed off for their final resting places in a handful of museums, NASA turned its attention to the future of manned space travel and possibly trips to an asteroid and Mars.
For most of the past 30 years, NASA has etched memories into the minds of Americans with each of the 135 launches of the space shuttle program. From the iconic first flight, to the tragedies of Challenger and Columbia; everyone remembers something about the shuttle program.
With just a few days left in the U.S. space shuttle program, almost 60 percent of Americans said it’s essential that the U.S. continue to be a world leader in space exploration, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.
Preparations and training for the final launch of the space shuttle program are underway at the Kennedy Space Center.