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Atlantis and The Space Shuttle Program
Photos of the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission, and some of those that preceeded it in a 30 year program that ended when the final shuttle touchdown July 21
Atlantis and The Space Shuttle Program - Image 26
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This artist's rendering made available by Orbital Sciences shows their proposed Cygnus spacecraft, right, approaching the International Space Station. With the space shuttle's retirement Thursday, July 21, 2011, no longer will flying people and cargo up to the International Space Station be a government program where costs balloon. NASA is turning to private industry with fixed prices, contracts and profit margins. The space agency will be the customer, not the boss. (AP Photo/Orbital Sciences)