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  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: STS-135, remembering the past – looking forward to the future

    Bart LeahyJuly 8th, 2016

    Five years ago today, the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Space Shuttle program itself took its last flight into space on mission STS-135 to service the International Space Station (ISS). Since that last flight in 2011, the Shuttle orbiters have been flown off to museums across the country and NASA’s human spaceflight program has shifted to other missions and other vehicles. No other American human-rated spacecraft has been flown so often or accomplished so much.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: STA – An unexpected journey

    Jason RhianNovember 1st, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With the 30th anniversary of Space Shuttle Atlantis' first flight slightly more than a week old, SpaceFlight Insider decided that it was a good time to discuss a somewhat unexpected journey. For each of the shuttle missions, the commander and pilot fly Shuttle Training Aircraft to prepare for landing one of NASA's now-retired fleet of orbiters.

  • Summer space book review: Go For Orbit, STS-135 Atlantis, NASA Behind the Scenes Snippets

    Jason RhianJuly 12th, 2015

    An array of space-related books has been unleashed upon the public recently. SpaceFlight Insider takes a closer look at three recent offerings, each of which provides a unique look into the world of spaceflight, as each gives an insider’s perspective of what it is like to work in and around the U.S. Space Agency. An astronaut and […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: STS-135 and the end of the beginning

    Jason RhianJuly 8th, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 11:29 a.m. EDT (15:29 GMT) on July 8, 2011. Unlike most of the shuttle flights that took place after the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003, STS-135 (the mission’s official designation) was a resupply run, rather […]

  • What have we accomplished in three years? Life after STS-135

    Heather SmithJuly 12th, 2014

    On a hot summer morning in July of 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida marking the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. It not only marked the end of the U.S.’ crewed program of record – but all signaled a potential turning point. What has the U.S. space […]

  • ISS cosmonauts’ EVA sees Olympic Torch taken into black of space

    Jason RhianNovember 9th, 2013

    Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy stepped outside the Pirs docking module on the International Space Station (ISS) this morning. The pair conducted a five hour, 50-minute spacewalk which served to bring the Olympic Flame to a place that the early Greeks never could have conceived when the first Olympic […]