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Celebrities of widely varying star power are coming out to witness the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis — the last one ever for NASA's storied shuttle program.
NASA's storied shuttle program begins its swan song with a stunning midday launch by Atlantis from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Tweeting guests will meet agency officials and receive a tour of the Kennedy Space Center.
Space shuttle workers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are preparing to say a sad goodbye to the three shuttle orbiters as they retire to museums.
Video: Watch NASA's coverage of space shuttle Atlantis lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
NASA's space shuttle launched and repaired the Hubble Space Telescope and helped build the International Space Station.
The James Webb Space Telescope faces uphill battle to be saved from the budget chopping block.
Video: NBC News’ Jay Barbree narrates a rare time-lapse video of the shuttle Atlantis being prepared for its final mission.
NASA's space shuttle Atlantis will carry secret souvenirs on its final voyage of the 30-year program. Atlantis astronauts will stash the space mementos on the shuttle.
A look at the final four astronauts who will fly on NASA's historic final shuttle mission, the STS-135 flight of Atlantis.
Asked about where America stands in terms of space exploration, Obama said he was 'proud' of the past but eager for a new leap forward.
Only two women, Eileen Collins and Pamela Melroy, have served as commander of the space shuttle.
NASA's space shuttles have been icons of American spaceflight for over 30 years, but the storied space planes are retiring for good this year after one final mission.
NASA is suing Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell over a moon camera that Mitchell aims to sell at auction.
Former astronauts say the space program is in 'disarray' and fear the end of the shuttles could mean a permanent decline in U.S. space leadership.
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