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This article is from the In-Depth Report The End of the Space Shuttle Program

The Story of the Space Shuttle [Time Line]

A visual history of the space shuttle program, spanning nearly four decades

On July 8 the Atlantis orbiter is scheduled to launch on the final mission of the space shuttle program. The program has spanned nearly 40 years, as well as eight presidential administrations. Here is a look at some of the space shuttle's defining moments through the years.

 

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