It has been exactly 3 years since the LAST flight by NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, officially called Space Transportation System (STC). The final flight, termed STS-135 was on the Atlantis on July 8, 2011.
The program, running from 1981-2011 launched over 130 flights and made several note-worty accomplishments:
- the Discovery carried the famous Hubbel Space Telescope into space
- Construction of the ISS
- interplanetary missions
The program can also be remembered for catastrophic events including the Columbia and Challenger disasters.
Sad to celebrate the 3 year anniversary of the end of this program. If you get a chance, be sure to check out the magnificent shuttles. Fascinating to see in real life:
Discovery– National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Washington DC
Atlantis– Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Enterprise– Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, New York City
Endeavor– California Science Center, LA