The Beginning of the End of the Space Shuttle The Space Shuttle Atlantis had its final launch on Friday, May 14. Mission STS-132 will be a 12-day flight to the International Space Station, leaving behind a Russian Mini Research Module, a set of batteries for the station’s truss and dish antenna, along with other replacement parts. The mission patch features Atlantis flying off into the sunset as the end of the space shuttle program approaches. In September, Discovery will take its final launch on Mission STS-133. Then in November, the space shuttle Endeavour will take its final launch in Mission STS-134. Yes, the “134″ stands for the 134th space shuttle flight. Then the space shuttle program will be over. http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/05/the-beginning-of-the-end-of-the-space-shuttle/ -------------------------------- I am glad to see the end of the Space Shuttle program. It cost too damn much and didn't deliver what it originally promised it would. I look forward to the future with smaller, less dangerous, cheaper space flight to cover the mostly mundane tasks the Space Shuttle Program did. It really puts a perspective on things when you realize the shuttles were built in the 1970's... the 1970's! We have been shooting dinosaurs into space for the past decade and shame on us for falling into that trap. I would like to see more from Branson and from China in the coming years... I am still waiting for space travel to become practical for the layman.