NASA Space Shuttle: When was the final Shuttle launch? What happened to Shuttle Atlantis?

NASA’S Space Shuttle programme expanded the horizons for manned spaceflight until its cancellation in 2011. But when was the final Space Shuttle launch and what happened to Space Shuttle Atlantis?

NASA’s Space Shuttle carried astronauts into orbit for 30 years between 1981 and 2011. During this time, the spacecraft fleet helped build the International Space Station (ISS) and the Hubble Space Telescope. Hailed a technological wonder of space transportation, the Space Shuttle made a total of 135 missions for NASA. But why did the shuttle programme end and what happened to NASA’s incredible spacecraft?

The Space Shuttle was NASA’s signature rocket and orbiter...
source: Express

2019-07-22 11:50
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