NASA's space shuttle program began April 12, 1981 with the launch of Columbia from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Weather permitting, Atlantis's Friday launch marks the 135th shuttle flight and the program's final mission, which will transport equipment and crew to the International Space Station. As we eagerly await the next step in space exploration, take a look back at the program's 30-year span.
30 Years of Space Shuttle Images
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