Shuttle landing completes an era

(Michael S. Williamson / WASHINGTON POST)

The 135th and final flight of America’s space shuttle fleet ended safely, completing the three-decade lifetime of a technologically remarkable and versatile spacecraft.

Atlantis launches on last mission

Atlantis launches on last mission

Riding a column of flame and smoke, Atlantis glided skyward Friday on the last shuttle mission.

Post-launch letdown

Post-launch letdown

Florida’s Space Coast is headed for hard times.

Is this the end of astronauts?

Is this the end of astronauts?

As space shuttle era ends, questions loom for a shrinking astronaut corps.

Interest in Space Camp stays high

Interest in Space Camp stays high

Space Camp shifts focus to the moon, Mars and asteroids as its own shuttle program winds down.

The U.S. space program’s leadership black hole

The U.S. space program’s leadership black hole

Despite an abundance of leaders in the U.S. civilian space program, leadership is still lacking.

The Shuttle Program: A visual timeline

The Shuttle Program:  A visual timeline

VIDEO | This animated graphic some of the significant events of the shuttle program.

Sunset for an aging space program

Sunset for an aging space program

As the final U.S. shuttle launch nears, is this a distress flare for NASA?

Space station will stay busy

Space station will stay busy

The international space station will continue in orbit through at least 2020.

Photo Galleries

Ready for takeoff

Wallops Island, Va. — home to NASA facility — wants to be the next Space Coast.

Private companies have liftoff

The end of NASA’s shuttle program makes way for private space companies.

Atlantis completes final mission

Four astronauts embarked on the space shuttle’s last flight.

U.S. space program approaches end of an era

The final shuttle launch is scheduled for July 8, but the weather may upset the timetable.

Endeavour’s final mission

Mark Kelly, Gabrielle Giffords’s husband, is flight commander.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches With Teacher Aboard

Endeavour roared into orbit carrying teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan.

Space shuttle Discovery begins final flight

Space shuttle Discovery is poised to make its last flight.

Remembering Challenger: 30 Years Later

Space shuttle Challenger exploded in a burst of fire 74 seconds after liftoff.

A look back at the history of the space shuttle program

The Atlantis was the last shuttle of the space program that began in 1981.

Astronauts on a mission

Space Shuttle Atlantis arrived at the International Space Station for repairs.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Has Lift Off

Space Shuttle Endeavour blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Astronauts Visit Hubble in Repair Mission

Astronauts from the shuttle Atlantis continue to repair the Hubble Space Telescope..

Videos

Final space shuttle launch ends an era

Final space shuttle launch ends an era

The final flight of Atlantis will mark the end of the space shuttle era after 135 missions.
Last shuttle launch postponement likely

Last shuttle launch postponement likely

The last Space Shuttle launch schedule Friday morning could be postponed due to stormy weather forecast at the launch site in Florida. (July 7)
John Glenn on the future of the space program

John Glenn on the future of the space program

Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, discusses the uncertain future of the U.S. space program.
Timelapse:  Shuttle Atlantis rolls to launchpad

Timelapse: Shuttle Atlantis rolls to launchpad

Shuttle Atlantis is now on the launch pad, in preparation for a July liftoff. This timelapse shows the 3.4 mile, 6-hour trek from Kennedy Space Center's vehicle assembly building to the launch pad in under two minutes. (June 1)
Shuttle Endeavour touches down

Shuttle Endeavour touches down

Shuttle Endeavour touched down safely at the Kennedy Space Center early Wednesday morning, completing its final mission to space. (June 1)
Endeavour begins final trip home

Endeavour begins final trip home

Shuttle Endeavour's six astronauts have checked the systems they need to bring NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight to an end. (May 31)
Endeavour completes final spacewalk

Endeavour completes final spacewalk

NASA completed its part in the construction of the International Space Station on Friday, with the final spacewalkers in the 30-year shuttle program attaching an extension boom. (May 26)
NASA to Aid Private Spaceflight as Shuttle Era Nears End

NASA to Aid Private Spaceflight as Shuttle Era Nears End

May 16 (Bloomberg) -- NASA is exiting the low-Earth orbit business with the shuttle program's end and is turning to U.S. companies to develop vehicles to ferry people and cargo on short trips. Boeing, Sierra Nevada, Space Exploration Technologies and Blue Origin are some of the companies developing space vehicles to replace the space shuttle fleet. Megan Hughes reports on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop with Betty Liu." (Source: Bloomberg)
Space Coast copes with end of shuttle program

Space Coast copes with end of shuttle program

Thousands will lose their jobs along Florida's Space Coast as NASA pulls the curtains on the shuttle program. (April 28)

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