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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, Patrick Sullivan spoke on behalf of the Space Exploration Ambassadors during a ceremony to enshrine a Space Shuttle Program time capsule in a secured vault within the walls of the Space Shuttle Atlantis home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Sullivan's remarks focused on the missions of shuttle Atlantis, the final launch day -- which he attended -- and the future of the space program.      The time capsule, containing artifacts and other memorabilia associated with the history of the program is designated to be opened on the 50th anniversary of the shuttle's final landing, STS-135. The new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" facility includes interactive exhibits that tell the story of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program and highlight the future of space exploration. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2013-3516

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, Patrick Sullivan spoke on behalf of the Space Exploration Ambassadors during a ceremony to enshrine a Space Shuttle Program time capsule in a secured vault within the walls of the Space Shuttle Atlantis home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Sullivan's remarks focused on the missions of shuttle Atlantis, the final launch day -- which he attended -- and the future of the space program. The time capsule, containing artifacts and other memorabilia associated with the history of the program is designated to be opened on the 50th anniversary of the shuttle's final landing, STS-135. The new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" facility includes interactive exhibits that tell the story of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program and highlight the future of space exploration. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2013-3516

 
 
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, Patrick Sullivan spoke on behalf of the Space Exploration Ambassadors during a ceremony to enshrine a Space Shuttle Program time capsule in a secured vault within the walls of the Space Shuttle Atlantis home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Sullivan's remarks focused on the missions of shuttle Atlantis, the final launch day -- which he attended -- and the future of the space program. The time capsule, containing artifacts and other memorabilia associated with the history of the program is designated to be opened on the 50th anniversary of the shuttle's final landing, STS-135. The new $100 million "Space Shuttle Atlantis" facility includes interactive exhibits that tell the story of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program and highlight the future of space exploration. 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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