My husband was kind of sad yesterday. When I asked why, he pointed out that he grew up just under two miles from Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He went to school with the kids of the shuttle astronauts, and one of his Sunday School teachers was an astronaut.
Yesterday the space shuttle landed for the final time.
At 5:57:54 a.m., Atlantis touched down on Runway 15 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking the end of the 30-year-old space shuttle program, 42 years and 1 day after Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon.
After 135 missions, some amazing science (the Hubble Space Telescope, Galileo, the International Space Station, a better view of our own planet’s topography, and research that led to some pretty significant advances in the biosciences and medicine), and more than its fair share of tragedies, the Shuttle program has finally retired. Thank you to the astronauts, engineers, and all the rest of the folks who made it work. Here at Caterpickles Central, we’re looking forward to seeing what’s next.
Atlantis’ Trip Home
Atlantis heads home in this image taken by the crew of the International Space Station.
Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center.
Atlantis on the runway after sunrise Thursday morning.
On the ground, collecting some well-deserved love.
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The Daily Show’s take on the final launch. Seeing John Oliver’s excitement over lift-off kind of made me want to cry.