Space Shuttle

Space shuttles Endeavour and Discovery meet in a "nose-to-nose" photo opportunity as the vehicles switch locations Aug. 11 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Now in Orbiter Processing Facility-1 (OPF-1), Discovery will go through more preparations for public display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia next spring. Endeavour will be stored in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) until October, when it will be moved into OPF-2 to continue being readied for display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles next summer. (Photo Credit:  NASA/Frankie Martin)

Nose-To-Nose On The Road To Retirement

The space shuttle Discovery and shuttle Endeavour are both on the road to retirement and met nose-to-nose Thursday while trading places at the Kennedy Space Center.


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Welcome Home Atlantis

It’s the end of an era for NASA. Just before 6 a.m. Atlantis landed its final landing at the Kennedy Space Center bringing to an end the 30 year shuttle program.


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Atlantis Is Homeward Bound

The space shuttle Atlantis is homeward bound on the last mission of the 30 year old space shuttle program.


The station's robotic arm, Canadarm2, operated by STS-135 astronauts Doug Hurley and Sandy Magnus, grapples the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module from the shuttle's payload bay. Image credit: NASA TV

Last Shuttle Crew Bids Historic Goodbye To ISS

Following a poignant farewell ceremony between crews of the International Space Station and the shuttle Atlantis, the hatches closed for the final time Monday.


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Atlantis Crew Gets To Kick Back & Relax

The astronauts on NASA’s last space shuttle flight will get to kick back and relax on Thursday.


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Atlantis Crew Begins Unpacking At International Space Station

The high flying delivery crew of the space shuttle Atlantis got busy Monday successfully hoisting a giant trunk out of Atlantis and attaching it to the International Space Station.


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Atlantis’ 1st Full Day In Orbit Nearly Perfect

The space shuttle Atlantis hasn’t performed like a ship ready for retirement. The first full day of the final flight of the aging space shuttle fleet — the most complicated machines ever built — was practically flawless.


Launch of shuttle Atlantis on Friday, June 8, 2011. (NASA-TV)

Shuttle Atlantis Blasts Into History

Atlantis and its four astronauts left Earth Friday for the final space shuttle mission, capping off an amazing 30-year program of exploration, which launched great observatories, built an International Space Station, and taught us more about how humans can live and work in space.


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Share Your Shuttle Memories

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.


Space shuttle Atlantis Astronauts, Mission Specialists (L-R) Rex Walheim, Sandra Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Commander Chris Ferguson attend a press conference at the Launch Pad 39A with the Space shuttle in the background, during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Tests and dress rehearsals for the July launch, at Kennedy Space Center June 22, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Atlantis mission STS-135 will be the last space shuttle to launch into orbit and will end the NASA program.  (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

Stormy Weather Could Postpone Atlantis’ Launch

The weather is not looking good for this Friday’s scheduled launch of the space shuttle Atlantis.