Stirring Photos Chronicle the Final Years of the Space Shuttle Program
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is lifted inside the Vehicle Assembly Building before being mated to its external fuel tank and Solid Rocket Boosters. The VAB, built to house the Saturn V rocket that took Americans to the moon, is one of the largest buildings in the world. It sits on eight acres and rises to 525 feet. Photo: Philip Scott Andrews
July 8, 2011. Space shuttle Atlantis launches from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch of Atlantis, STS-135, is the final flight of the shuttle program, a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. Photo & caption credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
April 19, 2012. Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Space shuttle Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles will now begin its new mission to educate and inspire. Photo Credit: (NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Carolyn Russo)
Wearing a space shuttle costume, four-year-old Alex Mendez, of Sterling, Virginia, awaits the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on Tuesday.
A spectacular Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the heart of the Lagoon Nebula. Seen as a massive cloud of glowing dust and gas, bombarded by the energetic radiation of new stars, this placid name hides a dramatic reality.