The End of an Era
Atlantis’ landing today marked the 133rd and final mission of NASA’s shuttle program.

(Photo: A crowd of people watch the launch of STS-1, NASA’s first space shuttle mission. April 12, 1981.  SPACE FRONTIERS/GETTY IMAGES)

The End of an Era

Atlantis’ landing today marked the 133rd and final mission of NASA’s shuttle program.

(Photo: A crowd of people watch the launch of STS-1, NASA’s first space shuttle mission. April 12, 1981.  SPACE FRONTIERS/GETTY IMAGES)

Space shuttle Atlantis and her four-member crew are scheduled to touch down on the landing pad just before sunrise on Thursday morning. Let’s reflect on 30 years of the space shuttle.

PHOTO: Concept drawing for the space shuttle provided by NASA. This is an artist’s impression of the space shuttle during take-off with its Solid Rocket Boosters engaged, and the orbiter riding on top of the External Tank, circa 1972.
(We’ll be live streaming the landing here)

Space shuttle Atlantis and her four-member crew are scheduled to touch down on the landing pad just before sunrise on Thursday morning. Let’s reflect on 30 years of the space shuttle.

PHOTO: Concept drawing for the space shuttle provided by NASA. This is an artist’s impression of the space shuttle during take-off with its Solid Rocket Boosters engaged, and the orbiter riding on top of the External Tank, circa 1972.

(We’ll be live streaming the landing here)