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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  In the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker reaches up to the camera pack to be installed on space shuttle Endeavour's orbiter boom sensor system.  The scheduled launch vehicle for the STS-126 missions, Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10. Endeavour is also the backup shuttle, if needed for rescue, for the STS-125 mission in October that will make repairs on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. For that purpose, it is designated STS-400.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1907

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker reaches up to the camera pack to be installed on space shuttle Endeavour's orbiter boom sensor system. The scheduled launch vehicle for the STS-126 missions, Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10. Endeavour is also the backup shuttle, if needed for rescue, for the STS-125 mission in October that will make repairs on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. For that purpose, it is designated STS-400. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-08pd1907

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a worker reaches up to the camera pack to be installed on space shuttle Endeavour's orbiter boom sensor system. The scheduled launch vehicle for the STS-126 missions, Endeavour will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station. Launch is targeted for Nov. 10. Endeavour is also the backup shuttle, if needed for rescue, for the STS-125 mission in October that will make repairs on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. For that purpose, it is designated STS-400. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

The Space Shuttle program was the United States government's manned launch vehicle program from 1981 to 2011, administered by NASA and officially beginning in 1972. The Space Shuttle system—composed of an orbiter launched with two reusable solid rocket boosters and a disposable external fuel tank— carried up to eight astronauts and up to 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) of payload into low Earth orbit (LEO). When its mission was complete, the orbiter would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and lands as a glider. Although the concept had been explored since the late 1960s, the program formally commenced in 1972 and was the focus of NASA's manned operations after the final Apollo and Skylab flights in the mid-1970s. It started with the launch of the first shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981, on STS-1. and finished with its last mission, STS-135 flown by Atlantis, in July 2011.

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