NASA schedules final space shuttle mission
Space shuttle Atlantis on May 18, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center before it is attached to rocket boosters and external tank for the final flight.
May 20th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

NASA schedules final space shuttle mission

Thirty years after the space shuttle program began, the final space shuttle flight is slated to take place on July 8, NASA said Friday.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis will make the program's final voyage on a mission to deliver supplies and spare parts to the international space station, the agency said.

Chris Ferguson, a veteran of two shuttle missions, will command the flight, set to launch at 11:40 a.m., NASA said.

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  1. Jeff Frank - (R-Ohio)

    It's been 30 years, and still nobody has an aircraft that can take off on a runway (no rockets), and go straight into space. F-15s are nice toys.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |

    I'm sore

    May 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. edwardstv90

    wow. it's beautiful. Nasa will have the best service from this I believe.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Canadian Genius

    I'm actually in Orlando then. I'm not sure if it's worth fighting the crowds to get to the launch though.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |

    I love planets, they're like balls, meat balls.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cricket

    Another end of an era. *Sigh*

    May 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jim

    Hmm, do they have an alternative vehicle in the works yet. I mean what exactly is the point of sending up supplies if we won't have a way to get there.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ellis from Panama

    I once dated a NASA gay man. We were great until he went off orbit with another guy. What a cheat! I hate and love him. Yes I miss him sooooooOo much.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tori

    but why are they quitting? isn't there endless things to check out? what have they found that they haven't told us about? did they find something and realize there was nothing we could do about it and wait til they absolutely had to tell us? hmmm....

    May 20, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    Imagine that, 30 years. Sure is a long time.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. April Fool

    Dude ! Jeff Frank ! Your totally right ! Something is up their sleeves ! I just know it !

    May 21, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ellis from Panama

    I'm an April fool, but you can call me May.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    Lack of funding. Who wants to pay for nasa when they can pay for new roads or more caution lights. :p

    May 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |