NASA's once-iconic astronaut corps will shrink but still play a vital role as the space shuttle era comes to an end.
Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (c.) is seen inside of the Soyuz capsule through the porthole, with the reflection of ground personnel pictured in its glass, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 4. Yurchikhin, U.S. astronauts Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in a Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft on June 15.
The space shuttle Atlantis returned back to Cape Canaveral in Florida this morning after its final scheduled mission.
The six astronauts flying aboard space shuttle Atlantis are working Tuesday to prepare their spacecraft for its final planned return home.
Astronauts gave the space shuttle Atlantis's heat shield a final inspection Monday in preparation for their return to Earth.
The Atlantis crew brought along a photo of Isaac Newton, as well as a chip of wood from the famous apple tree that inspired his law of gravity, which they let float freely.
Two of the Shuttle Atlantis crew are on a spacewalk, working outside the International Space Station this morning to finish a battery upgrade service call on the station's solar arrays.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis has delivered a new room module to the International Space Station. The Russian-built module will double as a research workspace and a docking port.
The space shuttle Atlantis with Earth as a backdrop is seen prior to docking with the International Space Station (ISS) in this handout photo provided by NASA and taken on May 16.