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End of an Era For America’s Space Program

There was stark symbolism in the night time landing of the space shuttle Atlantis early today in Florida.  As Atlantis came down in the darkness, ending 30 years of shuttle missions, the entire American space program also went into the dark.  No one can say for sure when the sun will rise on it again.

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Father and Son Take Photos at the First and Last Space Shuttle Launch [PHOTO]

It's the photo they waited 30 years to take (click to enlarge).

Chris Bray and his father attended the first space shuttle launch back in 1981 -- and the last, just a few weeks ago. Bray posted a link to the photo on Reddit on Monday and the reaction was immediate -- almost 600 comments have been left thus far, and various media outlets have picked up the story.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Lifts Off for Final Mission [PHOTOS]

The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off for its final mission Friday morning.

Thousands gathered to watch the blast off, the final of the 30-year-old shuttle program, CNN reported.

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Giffords Makes First Public Appearance in Houston

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made her first public appearance Monday in Houston, as she continues her remarkable recovery from the bullet wound she got at a January public event in Tucson.

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NASA Recovers Stolen Lunar Dust

A small amount of moon dust that was stolen after it was brought to Earth by the Apollo 11 mission has been recovered and returned to the Johnson Space Center in Houston. 

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Space Shuttle Endeavour on the Way Home, For the Last Time

The Space Shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six has undocked from the International Space Station and is coming home, to close out NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight.  They paused just long enough to do a victory lap and test equipment for a future interplanetary ship.

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LeTourneau Technologies Gets New Owner in Billion Dollar Deal

Milwaukee-based Joy Global has announced plans to acquire the storied LeTourneau Technologies of Longview from Houston based Rowan Companies for $1.1 billion in cash.

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The Last Ride – Space Shuttle Endeavour in Space for the Last Time [VIDEO]

The space shuttle Endeavour launched right on schedule Monday morning, making its final flight into space, to deliver a key piece of scientific equipment to the International Space Station.
Shortly before liftoff Endeavour’s commander Mark Kelly, whose wife Gabrielle Giffords watched the launch at Kennedy Space Center, said the flight represented the best of America and humanity.

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