Two booster recovery ships stand ready on shuttle launch day.
Tracking station ends its mission with the final shuttle flight.
Highly skilled technicians ready shuttles for flight in processing bays at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida
Space shuttle Atlantis is carrying hundreds of items commemorating the final shuttle mission, along with taking the first iPhone into orbit.
NASA's Kennedy Space Center plays pivotal role in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
Johnny Bohmer drives his modified Ford GT to 223 mph on the shuttle runway, setting a Guinness-certified record for a street-legal car.
A small group of specially certified aerospace technicians called spacecraft operators help ensure the shuttle is ready to fly.
NASA to test water purification method for long-duration space exploration.
Space shuttle Endeavour holds true to its namesake for voyages of exploration and science.
Flag will pay tribute to astronauts who have died in the line of duty as it flies aboard space shuttle Atlantis.
Starfighters preps for research flights, tourism flights and even launching satellites from their aircraft.
Lee Scherer led Kennedy through transitions, firsts and groundbreaking missions
Astronauts flying on the shuttle depend on other astronauts to strap them in for launch.
Astronauts Karol "Bo" Bobko and Susan Helms were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame as the Class of 2011.
A gathering at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station marks the 50-year anniversary of America's first human spaceflight.
Alan Shepard's 1961 Mercury flight launched 50 years of NASA achievement that the U. S. Postal Service celebrated with a new stamp set.
A new weather system at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B is expected to produce increasingly detailed launch criteria
Using multiple sources, teams keep a close watch on each space shuttle launch.
The launch pad is equipped with all the elements needed to safely send a space shuttle into orbit.
The astronauts of Endeavour's last mission are marking the achievement with several notable mementoes.