The Atlantis landing just before 6 a.m. Thursday marks the end of the US space shuttle program – and the transition to private firms as the cargo carriers to space. Perhaps they'll ferry people, too.
Space shuttle: As NASA's vaunted shuttle program comes to a close, Boeing is working on a space capsule that will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
Private spaceflight is entering a new era with the first test launch of the new Falcon 9 rocket Friday. Here are six companies vying to build a vessel that will carry civilians into space.
The European Space Agency's long-term plans for manned space flight rest on the successful launch of the module scheduled Thursday.