September 18, 2012 Piggybacking on a modified jumbo jet, the retired space shuttle will make its way from Florida to a permanent display site at the California Science Center. After this week's final flight, the 170,000-pound shuttle still has to navigate the streets of Los Angeles, which is no easy task.
July 21, 2011 The last NASA space shuttle mission into space has ended. Atlantis and its four crew members arrived at the Kennedy Space Center just before 6 a.m. ET.
July 21, 2011 Elon Musk wants us to live in other planets. First he has to make space flight affordable. So he took the fortune he made in Internet start-ups and started his own rocket company.
July 21, 2011 In the three decades of the shuttle program, hundreds of astronauts flew aboard the five spaceships.
July 20, 2011 When NASA wrapped up its spaceship programs Mercury and Apollo, it had new vehicles ready to replace them. But the agency has no such plan now that the space shuttles are retiring. Some people say it's a sign the organization has lost its way, but the agency's leaders say NASA has a robust future.
July 18, 2011 After more than a decade, major construction of International Space Station is complete. Scientists are now hoping that the next decade will be a golden age of research aboard the orbiting outpost. But with no American shuttle to transport astronauts and experiments, even simple logistics will be a major challenge.
July 18, 2011 Much of a space shuttle, from thermal tiles to the electrical system, is made by hand and crafted by skilled workers. Five years ago, NPR visited a shuttle workshop. Now, as the program concludes and shuttle construction and refurbishment winds down, we return to see what's next for the people who handmade the spaceships.
July 18, 2011 Many parts of the space shuttles were built and crafted by the hands of skilled workers. See photos from the shuttles' construction and hear from some of the people who built the space ships.
July 17, 2011 There's a lot of money to be made in shuttling back and forth to the space station, and several companies are competing in a new race to space. Whatever the new space vehicle is, it'll need a place to park — and New Mexico hopes it has the answer.
July 16, 2011 A child born today will never see an American space shuttle blast off from the Kennedy Space Center. That worries some educators, who see human space flight as a great recruiter for future scientists and engineers. Don't worry, NASA says, its education mission is far from over.
July 15, 2011 Several private companies are developing spacecraft that will take anyone into space who wants to go, provided they can pay for the ride. But the challenges of commercial human spaceflight are as much about laws and regulations as they are about technology.