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The End.  The space shuttle Atlantis touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, ending NASA’s 30-year shuttle program.

2011: The Year in Pictures

The End of an Era. The space shuttle Atlantis touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 21 July ending NASA’s shuttle program.

21 July 2011: The space shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, ending its 13-day mission. Atlantis safely touched down bringing an end to the 30-year US shuttle programme.

The history of the Nasa Space Shuttle in pictures

21 July The space shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, ending its mission. Atlantis safely touched down bringing an end to the US shuttle programme.

Soviet Space Shuttle Buran on the launch pad in Kazakhstan

Taxi espacial sovietico Buran en plataforma de lanzamiento en Kazakhstan/ Soviet Space Shuttle Buran on the launch pad in Kazakhstan

NASA, Space Shuttle & Buran, Russian Space Shuttle.

Buran and Space Shuttle. Buran (snow storm) flew only once, powered into orbit by the Energia. Unlike the NASA orbiter which had main engines on the orbiter itself in addition to the SRB's, the Buran received all of its boost into space from the Energia.

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As a record crowd looked on, the space shuttle Atlantis landed softly at Kennedy Space Center on July marking the final shuttle mission for NASA and ending the program.

"Fusion Imaging of the Final Space Shuttle Launch" #NASA #cool

HiDyRS-X camera image. Fusion imaging of the final space shuttle launch. Able to visualize flow dynamics and shock patterns within high temperature supersonic rocket plumes.

1,400 отметок «Нравится», 14 комментариев — Space Shuttle Program (@shuttleprogram) в Instagram: «Launch of STS-47. This mission not only marked the 50th shuttle mission but also the second voyage…»

Launch of This mission not only marked the shuttle mission but also the second voyage…

Saturn V Illustration by  Stephen Biesty

An extremely detailed infographic on the Saturn 5 Several other similar illustrations about space exploration on the source webpage.

How One Photographer Took Incredible Close-Ups of Space Shuttle Launches

How One Photographer Took Incredible Close-Ups of Space Shuttle Launches

How One Photographer Took Incredible Close-Ups of Space Shuttle Launches (click-through for more)

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April 2012 - Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is positioned beneath Space Shuttle Discovery in the mate-demate device at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The orbiter was mated to the modified 747 for its flight to Washington, DC on April NASA Photo:

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