NASA's Space Shuttle program, officially called Space Transportation System, was the United States government's manned launch vehicle program from 1981 to 2011. The shuttle was the only winged manned spacecraft to achieve orbit and land, and the only reusable space vehicle that has ever made multiple flights into orbit. Each vehicle was designed with a projected lifespan of 100 launches, or 10 years' operational life.
Today marked the final mission of the American Space Shuttle. The mission launched on July 8, 2011, and touched down on July 21, 2011.
On Board was Girl Scout Alumna Sandra Hall Magnus, American engineer and a NASA astronaut.