On April 12, 1981, the first U.S. space shuttle mission (STS-1) launched from the Kennedy Space Center. On April 12, 2011, NASA will celebrate 30 years of space shuttle flights.
The crew of the NASA STS-131 mission has landed its space shuttle Discovery successfully and safety at the Kennedy Space Center, with the STS-132 crew preparing its mission of the space shuttle Atlantic, which already sits on its KSC launch pad 39A.
The final NASA space shuttle mission is STS-135. GoSoftWorks is providing a free app so space enthusiasts can view when the space shuttle Atlantis goes overhead in their local skies, and where it is located anytime in its orbit.
On Tuesday, April 12, 2011, NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced the facilities where four of the remaining space shuttle orbiters will be housed for public display after the Space Transportation System (STS) program is retired later this year.
NASA gave the space shuttle Endeavour and its STS-134 crew the “go for launch” on the morning of Monday, May 16, 2011. The 25th mission of Endeavour will be its last, and the next-to-last mission for the American space shuttle fleet.
Everyone around the world can come together for a “virtual” picnic provided by NASA in honor of the last space shuttle mission, the STS-135 flight with the four-person crew of the space shuttle Atlantis.
For the first time, NASA has provided a very interesting video of the recovery process of its shuttle's solid rocket boosters. Specifically, the U.S. space agency shows the SRBs recovered after being used in the STS-133 mission of space shuttle Discovery -- its last flight into space.