Every space shuttle mission had its own mission emblem, designed and worn by the crews. Centered in this photo are the embroidered patches for the first and last missions, STS-1 and STS-135. The STS-1 emblem is a rare version, produced only for the astronauts and NASA employees. The souvenir edition was slightly different. collectSPACE.com hide caption

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The End Of The Space Shuttle Era

Shuttle Memorabilia: Completing The Collection

As the shuttle program ends, there's a growing interest in shuttle-related historical items and collectibles.

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The End Of The Space Shuttle Era

So You Want To Be An Astronaut

A request on NPR's Facebook page asking people to share their dreams of being an astronaut brought more than 1,000 responses.

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Atlantis lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on its final flight on July 8. There are plans for a next-generation space vehicle, but some space experts aren't sure if the vehicle will ever be completed. Tony Gray and Tom Farrar/NASA hide caption

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