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  • Final shuttle launch for Discovery: Was shuttle program worth it?

    Final shuttle launch for Discovery: Was shuttle program worth it?

    For 30 years, the space shuttle launch has served as the centerpiece of the US space program. But Feb. 24 will mark the last shuttle launch of Discovery, with the final flight of Endeavour to follow in April and – if there's enough money – Atlantis's last flight of the entire program in June. Here are five questions about what the shuttles have – and haven't – accomplished.

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  • Final shuttle launch for Discovery: Was shuttle program worth it?

    Final shuttle launch for Discovery: Was shuttle program worth it?

    For 30 years, the space shuttle launch has served as the centerpiece of the US space program. But Feb. 24 will mark the last shuttle launch of Discovery, with the final flight of Endeavour to follow in April and – if there's enough money – Atlantis's last flight of the entire program in June. Here are five questions about what the shuttles have – and haven't – accomplished.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 07/06

    Possibly the Youngest Galaxy Ever Seen, an irregular dwarf galaxy about 45 million light-years away is seen in this image from NASA.

  • Classic review: Space

    Classic review: Space

    A fact-laden novel on the space program.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Vintage NASA art

    An early space station concept drawing appeared in the 1959 Space The New Frontier brochure, produced by NASA. The station was designed as a laboratory to study the physical and behavioral effects of prolonged space flight, and could have possibly been crewed by 50 people.