Soaring across the predawn haze, the space shuttle Atlantis glided back to Earth early Thursday -- capping a 30-year program that saw hundreds of astronauts go into space.
Space shuttle Atlantis glided to Earth early Thursday, capping a 30-year space shuttle program.
CNN's John Zarrella takes a look at the impact of the end of shuttle programs on the people who were part of it.
When the commander of Atlantis calls, "Wheels stop," upon landing this week, Ray Zink and Billy McClure will be waiting.
Vincent Fournier's photography captures a longing for the space age that lives somewhere between the recently made-possible and the science fiction of the '70s and '80s. Inspired by trips to the Paris museum of science, Vincent has been fascinated by the machine world since his youth and incorporates it into most of his work.
Photographer Vincent Fournier is granted rare behind-the-scenes access to Kennedy Space Center. VBS.TV follows him.
Astronauts for Space Shuttle Atlantis arrive at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, ahead of their scheduled Friday liftoff.
The four-member crew that will fly the final space shuttle mission to end an era arrived Monday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Space shuttle Endeavour lands at Kennedy Space Center, completing its 25th and final mission.
The space shuttle Endeavour landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Wednesday, completing its 25th and final mission -- the next-to-last mission for NASA's 30-year-old space shuttle program.
CNN's John King talks to the crew of space shuttle Endeavour about their final moments in space.
After more than 15 days in space, the six crew members of the Endeavour made final preparations to return to Earth Wednesday on its final mission and the next-to-final mission for NASA's 30-year-old space shuttle program.
The space shuttle Endeavour launches for its final mission and is scheduled to return June 1.
On the morning of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, Lloyd Behrendt paced the floor of NASA's news center at the Kennedy Space Center, rubbing elbows with reporters while keeping an eye on the countdown clock.
A 50-acre brush fire burned Wednesday about three miles from a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center, but the fire posed no danger to the countdown for Friday's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, NASA said.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen describes how Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is able to fly, despite her head injury.
The six astronauts for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission arrive in Florida for the launch dress rehearsal.
A powerful storm including a lightning strike in the launch pad area caused minor damage to the space shuttle Endeavour, a NASA official said Thursday.
NASA's Inspector General's Office says an investigation is under way after a white powdery substance found at the Kennedy Space Center tested positive for cocaine.
Work on the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour resumed Tuesday morning, just one day after a NASA contract worker fell to his death at the launch pad.
A space shuttle contract worker fell to his death Monday morning while working at the launch pad, preparing the space shuttle Endeavour for its final flight, according to a NASA official.
A man fell to his death while working at the launchpad for Endeavour's final flight. WKMG reports.
SpaceX's private spacecraft launches at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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After 31 years and two months at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, John Bundy is joining the ranks of the unemployed.
NASA has laid off more than 1,200 shuttle workers. CNN?s John Couwels speaks to one worker who has been there 31 years.
One-day-old loggerhead turtles were set free adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center overnight, scurrying down a beach in the cover of darkness to begin their lives.
Space shuttle Atlantis lands safely at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, completing its final mission.
Space shuttle Atlantis landed here Wednesday, concluding the final mission of its 25-year career.
So you're in the market for a new vehicle. Any chance you'd consider one with more than 100 million miles on the odometer, a neat white paint job and a sticker price of $28.8 million? Probably not.
After spending an extra day in orbit, the seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery landed Tuesday morning at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The space shuttle Discovery will not land Monday.
President Obama pledged his full commitment to the space program Thursday, outlining a new strategy that ends current programs while funding new initiatives intended to propel humankind farther into the solar system.
President Obama outlines his plans to increase NASA's budget to ramp up future space missions.
The Obama administration's vision for the future of manned space flight will bump the United States to "second or even third-rate" status as a space-faring nation, the commanders of three U.S. moon missions warned Wednesday.
NASA officials report that astronauts successfully replaced a storage tank on the international space station.
Watch space shuttle Discovery blast off from the Kennedy Space Center on its mission to the international space station.
The space shuttle Endeavour landed Sunday night at Kennedy Space Center after a two-week mission to the international space station.
In a rare night landing, space shuttle Endeavour touches down in Florida after a two-week mission.
Space shuttle Endeavour docks with the international space station after completing a three-day orbital chase.
As they head toward a rendezvous with the international space station, crew members of the space shuttle Endeavour are checking for any signs of damage after Monday's early morning launch.
The space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Kennedy Space Center for a two week mission to the International Space Station.
The space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Kennedy Space Center early Monday on a two-week mission to the international space station.
Space shuttle Atlantis launched Monday afternoon to deliver key spare parts to prolong the life of the International Space Station.
The space shuttle Discovery landed in California on Friday evening after bad weather near Kennedy Space Center forced it to wave off a landing in Florida.
The STS128 mission landed at 8:53 EST at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour returned to earth on Friday morning after spending 16 days in space.
NASA on Sunday postponed the launch of space shuttle Endeavour for the second straight day due to concerns over weather.
Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Andrews AFB in California.
Space shuttle Atlantis landed Sunday at Edwards Air Force Base after rainy weather in Florida precluded a landing at Kennedy Space Center.
NASA postponed the landing of space shuttle Atlantis until Sunday because of weather concerns.
The space shuttle Discovery lands safely at Kennedy Space Center.
The space shuttle Discovery landed safely at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, completing a 13-day mission that included expanding the number of astronauts who can live aboard the International Space Station.
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Going behind the scenes at Kennedy Space Center is like visiting another planet. The employees working on the shuttle fleet speak their own language -- a language made up of acronyms.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly talks with Melissa Long about Wednesday night's scheduled space shuttle Discovery launch.
Space shuttle Endeavour landed safely Sunday afternoon at California's Edwards Air Force Base after NASA waved off two opportunities for a Florida landing because of poor weather.
Space shuttle Endeavour lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California as bad weather prevents the planned landing in Florida.
Riding a brilliant tower of flame into the night sky, the space shuttle Endeavour left Earth on Friday, carrying seven astronauts on a 15-day mission to the international space station.
Discovery launches from Kennedy Space Center, carrying supplies to the international space station.
Space shuttle Endeavour lands at Kennedy Space Center after a two-week mission.
Endeavour commander Dominic Gorie is pleased with the mission as the shuttle leaves the international space station.
The space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a 13-day mission.
NASA mission managers decided Friday to push the space shuttle Atlantis' scheduled Saturday launch to Sunday afternoon.
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After traveling internationally as a Marine and later as a product developer for a plastics company, in 1981 John Szal combined his love of travel and design in Spherical Concepts (sphericalconcepts.com), a maker of acrylic globes.
Shuttle Atlantis is back home
A scheduled March 15 launch has been delayed after the external fuel tank attached to the shuttle Atlantis and possibly the orbiter itself were damaged by a hailstorm at the launch pad Monday afternoon.
Not even a dreary forecast could keep the space shuttle Discovery from coming home for the holidays. The orbiter touched down at Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 5:32 p.m. ET Friday, completing a 13-day mission that included four spacewalks and installation of a 2-ton addition to the international space station.
Space shuttle Discovery lifted off Saturday evening, beginning a 12-day mission with the first night launch in four years.
Atlantis' astronauts strapped into the space shuttle Thursday for a practice launch countdown more than two weeks before they are scheduled to blast off on a mission to resume construction of the international space station.
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The space shuttle Discovery wrapped up its 13-day, 5.3-million-mile mission on Monday with a picture-perfect landing at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.
Vultures and space shuttles do not fly together well.
NASA managers have set July 1 as the date the space shuttle Discovery will rocket into space, the agency's first manned space flight in nearly a year.
CNN.com asked readers to share their most vivid memories of the day of the Challenger disaster. That day, millions watching the shuttle take off realized, at the same moment, something had gone terribly wrong. Here is a sampling of those responses, some of which have been edited:
CNN.com users share their memories and experiences from the day of the Challenger tragedy, January 28, 1986.
Space shuttle Discovery returned to Florida's Kennedy Space Center atop a NASA 747 on Sunday, 12 days after it was detoured from Earth orbit to California.
The space shuttle Discovery took off again on Friday on the first leg of its flight back to Florida.
In 1986, Grace Corrigan watched along with the rest of the stricken nation as the space shuttle Challenger, carrying her daughter, Christa McAuliffe, and six other crew members, exploded in the blue skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida. Today, Corrigan keeps her daughter's dream of being the first teacher in space alive through her work at the McAuliffe Center.
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The space shuttle Discovery touched down Tuesday morning, completing NASA's first shuttle mission since Columbia broke apart during re-entry in February 2003.
The pilot of a small plane that penetrated the no-fly zone around Kennedy Space Center shortly before the space shuttle's launch Tuesday disappeared after being forced to land, Air Force officials said.
A panel chartered to oversee NASA's return-to-flight program said Monday the agency failed to fully meet three of the 15 return-to-flight recommendations laid out after the Columbia accident.
NASA is a step closer to a July launch of space shuttle Discovery on the agency's maiden return-to-flight mission -- the first since Columbia broke up upon re-entry in 2003, shuttle program managers said Friday.
So you're snoring bored with the same old family vacation. Jumping in the car, heading to the usual old Alabama beach or Tahoe cabin.
Discovery commander Eileen Collins says the next shuttle mission will set a new standard for safety.
WHAT'S THAT CREAKING NOISE? The days are dark and cold, and everything and everybody seems worn down--that's the sound of midwinter.
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