Thirty Years of NASA Space Shuttle Missions
NASA's space shuttle fleet is hanging up its wings after 30 years. The first shuttle flight, STS-1, launched on April 12, 1981.
On Tuesday, Discovery will fly atop a jumbo jet from Florida to Virginia, with a pass over Washington, D.C.
SpaceX's Dragon capsule is slated to blast off on April 30.
Prime viewing spots in Florida and Washington, D.C., highlight Discovery's April 17 flight.
Take a look back to the time NASA built the space shuttle Discovery in the early 1980s, as the storied orbiter retires after 26 years of spaceflight.
The orbiter and its flying taxi, a retrofitted jumbo 747, have shared many a flight. Take a look at the history and development of the Mate-Demate Device (MDD) and catch a time-lapse of the joining of these two massive aerial machines.
NASA ended its 30-year space shuttle program in 2011. Was it the right time?
History will come full circle when the modified jet carries Enterprise once again.
A step-by-step guide to shuttle Discovery's last journey.
Here’s a look at how NASA moves its giant space shuttles across the country atop rejiggered Boeing jets.
A pair of retrofitted jumbo 747's carried the orbiters cross country on many occasions. With the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, they'll make their final deliveries of Discovery, Endeavour and Enterprise to their new museum homes.
The Atlas 5 launch vehicle needs about three more years' worth of work before it can carry astronauts.
See some amazing photos of NASA's supersonic T-38 jet planes, the aircraft used to train astronauts for space travel.
Shuttle Discovery and the prototype Enterprise are on the move this month.
Former space shuttle astronaut Jose Hernandez is running for the U.S. Congress out of California.
SpaceX chief Elon Musk is laying the foundation for a revolution, and he'd like some support from luminaries like Neil Armstrong
Skywalker Sound, the George Lucas audio department responsible for so much science fiction, turns its golden-eared genius to mixing and enhancing the real sound of a Solid Rocket Booster from lift-off to splashdown.
The all-star rock band - Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith - joke about recording on Shuttle and Vomit Comet, performing on Space Station and more - Warning: This Video Goes To 11...minutes.