Now that Atlantis has safely returned to Earth and the 30-year space shuttle program has drawn to a close, it's time to look back at the reign of Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour and the tragically shortened careers of Challenger and Columbia ...
A visual history of the space shuttle program, spanning nearly four decades
Los Angeles, New York City, Virginia and Florida will each get a spacecraft from the shuttle program
Space Shuttle Atlantis Closes In on Historic Final Landing
When space shuttle Atlantis rolls to a stop at the end of its current mission, the only remaining U.S. spacecraft capable of taking astronauts to orbit will be powered down for good.
Final Shuttle Launch Occasions Anxiety about Future of U.S. in Space
There is a certain sense of unreality as I sit this morning at the Kennedy Space Center press site, with Atlantis on the launch pad just over three miles away awaiting its last mission (STS 135), NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver finishing a briefing on NASA's ambitious plans for the future, a hundred enthusiastic young people from all over the country gathered for a "Tweetup" to communicate their impressions of being at a launch—while in Washington, D.C., the House Appropriations Committee apparently is intending today to cut almost $2 billion from NASA's budget...
Astronaut Love: An Interview with Spacewalker Stanley Love
On the eve of the launch of the penultimate space shuttle mission, STS-134, Scientific American astronomy editor George Musser talks to veteran astronaut Stanley Love about being in space and the future of spaceflight...
Space Exploration Sticker Shock--Economics at NASA
The laws of physics are easy; it's economics that vexes NASA
Why Does the Space Shuttle Launch Countdown Have So Many Stops and Starts?
In countdown-clock time, 43 hours really means 70 hours
Space Shuttle a Go-Go--NASA's Atlantis Successfully Lifts Off [Video]
Truckin' Up to Low Earth Orbit, Part 1: The Shuttle Era Is Go for History
This is the first of a three-part series that looks back at the 30-year tenure of the U.S. space shuttle program. "The orbiter is a completely different vehicle than anything that has ever flown in space...
Truckin' Up to Low Earth Orbit, Part 2: Deadly Reality-Check: Challenger and Columbia
Truckin' Up to Low Earth Orbit, Part 3: The Shuttle Gives Science a Boost
This is the third of a three-part series that looks back at the 30-year history of the U.S. space shuttle program. Before the 1986 Challenger disaster made safety paramount and new constraints had been established, the shuttle could carry fueled upper-stage rockets to launch space probes, which embarked for planetary destinations...
Why Does NASA Launch Space Shuttles from Such a Weather-Beaten Place?
With Endeavour enduring multiple scrubbed launches because of storms, why does the U.S. choose to launch from Florida?
Earthbound: Suitors Await News on Space Shuttle Discovery's Future Home
When Discovery touches down, it will become the first of NASA's three remaining space shuttles to enter retirement. Where will they all end up?
Living Interplanetary Spaceflight Experiment--or Why Were All the Strange Creatures on the Shuttle Endeavour?
This morning, the world witnessed the safe landing of the space shuttle Endeavour, after a 16-day mission to the International Space Station. For those of us inhabiting Earth’s more western time zones, we got to watch the landing last night, with no inconvenience, other than having to divert from the Colbert Report...
The space shuttle's final flight, and Scientific American will be there
NASA's shuttle program counts down 'til the end
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER—If I'd jumped, I could have touched the belly of the Discovery. Of course, I would have then been escorted unceremoniously from the Orbiter Processing Facility...
On Its Final Mission, Atlantis to Help Ready NASA for Post-Shuttle Era
Space shuttle Atlantis will haul supplies and a robotic experiment to the International Space Station for its final flight
Status Report on the Launch of Atlantis: A Perfect Liftoff
Notes from the Ground: Launch Day Wrap-Up
Notes from the Ground: A Visit to the Launch Pad
Notes from the Ground: One Day to Go to Final Shuttle Launch
Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches Successfully on Its Final Mission
Space shuttle Discovery lands in Florida, capping its 39th and final mission
Obama's budget toes the Bush line on manned space missions: Shuttles out, moon mission a go
Pres. Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2010 throws White House support behind two of the more controversial NASA plans of the Bush era: retiring the space shuttle in 2010 and returning humans to the moon by 2020...
Next Generation: We Want a Spaceship, Not a Freight Truck
Dad, the Apollos and the End of Space Shuttle Era Sadness
At the #NASAtweetup for the Last Shuttle Launch
Imagine a dark haired little girl of not quite four years old, playing outside in a cotton dress in the warm dusk of July 30, 1969, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.