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The era of American space exploration is just beginning

Today the Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Cape Canaveral for STS-135, the final mission of the program. Mission Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot, Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, will be the final United States astronauts to take off under the power of United States crafts, for… » 7/08/11 11:40am 7/08/11 11:40am

30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program in Pictures

With today's last Space Shuttle flight, we've reached the end of an era in American space exploration. In this gallery, we look back on 30 years of the Space Shuttle program: the beauty of our space outposts, the engineering marvels of the Shuttles, and the brave sacrifices many people made to leave this gravity… » 7/08/11 11:16am 7/08/11 11:16am