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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A backscatter device continues to give engineers data on the intertank region of space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank while it is in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers at various NASA centers are analyzing, testing and imaging the intertank's support beams, called stringers, to make sure the tank is structurally sound for flight.          Discovery's next launch opportunity to the International Space Station on the STS-133 mission is no earlier than Feb. 3, 2011. For more information on STS-133, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts133/. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2011-1007

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A backscatter device continues to give engineers data on the intertank region of space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank while it is in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers at various NASA centers are analyzing, testing and imaging the intertank's support beams, called stringers, to make sure the tank is structurally sound for flight. Discovery's next launch opportunity to the International Space Station on the STS-133 mission is no earlier than Feb. 3, 2011. For more information on STS-133, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts133/. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2011-1007

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A backscatter device continues to give engineers data on the intertank region of space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank while it is in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers at various NASA centers are analyzing, testing and imaging the intertank's support beams, called stringers, to make sure the tank is structurally sound for flight. Discovery's next launch opportunity to the International Space Station on the STS-133 mission is no earlier than Feb. 3, 2011. For more information on STS-133, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts133/. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

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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