July 8, 2011 Space shuttle Atlantis took off today from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will be the last launch of the space shuttle program. Jeff Parker salutes the entire shuttle fleet while Nate Beeler wonders what we've lost.
July 8, 2011 The shuttle blasted off almost on time, after concerns about the weather were overcome. Its mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to last 12 days.
July 8, 2011 In 1981, when the shuttle program was in its infancy, many thought it seemed unreal. Now, as Atlantis readies to take the program's final flight, scheduled for 11:26 a.m. EDT, space enthusiasts are looking back at the 30 years as a golden chapter in human exploration.
July 7, 2011 There are 30 years between the bookends of the first and last NASA space shuttle flights. The scheduled launch of Atlantis will be the program's final mission. It's a moment American astronauts Leroy Chiao and Cady Coleman describe as sad but essential.