The last shuttle launch drew more than its fair share of tears. For many Americans, the shuttle program was essentially what defined "space" in their minds. With that part of the nation's history over, NASA is looking at the commercial space industry for development. Between the Sierra Nevada Corporation, Boeing, and SpaceX, NASA has awarded over $1.1 billion to further explore commercial spaceflight.
Space shuttle 'Endeavour' is scheduled to make its final flight on April 29; with this end of an era in mind, LIFE.com has published an image gallery that looks back at a "small but central element shared for decades by NASA mission... Read Post
From earlier this month at In Focus, a photographic look at the "dizzying inspiration and crushing disappointment" of NASA's Space Shuttle program. (via @robinsloan) Tags: NASA photography space Space Shuttle Read Post
The Atlantis Space Shuttle was successfully launched today with only a slight delay. This was the last launch of the NASA Space Shuttle program. From now on, NASA will look to commercial space companies to complete missions. The shu... Read Post