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“Afterserving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history, and it’s come to a final stop.”

It was the 19th night landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to end the 135th space shuttle mission.

With the retirement of the shuttles, the space station will now rely on Russian, European and Japanese rockets to bring up supplies.

NASA is also counting on two commercial companies, the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., and the Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to begin cargo flights next year.

The Shuttle Ends Its Final Voyage and an Era in Space

Space Shuttle - NASA
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Posted: 2011-07-21 07:08:49

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