'Infinite Worlds': NASA's Last Hubble Telescope Mission in Photos by Michael Soluri

Slipping Beyond Our Grasp

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As Atlantis slipped away from the Hubble Space Telescope, the crew was the last set of human beings to see the instrument up close. Decades from now NASA will send an unmanned spacecraft to either push the telescope away into space, or guide it into the depths of one of the Earth’s oceans — never to be seen again.

Deep Below the Launch Pad …

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Beneath the launch pad are two concrete walls that have been scorched by tens of different launches.

... Rest Concrete Slabs Changed Forever

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The ignition burn signature from the space shuttle's 3 main engines — which as of 2014 no longer exists.

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Shannon Hall

Shannon Hall is an award-winning freelance science journalist, who specializes in writing about astronomy, geology and the environment. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, National Geographic, Nature, Quanta and elsewhere. A constant nomad, she has lived in a Buddhist temple in Thailand, slept under the stars in the Sahara and reported several stories aboard an icebreaker near the North Pole.