Friday morning was absolutely your last chance to watch a 20-story-tall space shuttle rise, pivot and speed away over the Atlantic Ocean with a crew of NASA astronauts aboard.Hundreds of thousands of onlookers claimed their spots on the Florida coast to watch the liftoff of Atlantis.
On July 8, the final space shuttle will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. With it comes the end of a 40-year program that's put more humans in space than any other.NASA is retiring its fleet of shuttle spacecraft to build something that can take humans past the moon and into deep space.
NASA's inspector general issued a significant list Wednesday of items that need to be resolved before the next mission to Mars can be launched in November. Some say the challenges won't be resolved in time, causing the Mars team to miss their launch window.
Before space shuttle Atlantis can carry astronauts up on the very last shuttle mission ever, workers on the ground first have to carry Atlantis to the launch pad.The last shuttle launch is planned for July 8. But the shuttle's final trek to the launch pad is Tuesday night.
The space shuttle Endeavour launched its final mission this week, a 16-day mission at the International Space Station. It's the second-to-last mission scheduled for the space shuttle program before it comes to an end later this year.This trip has added significance for shuttle commander Mark Kelly.