Why Did NASA Retire the Space Shuttle? | Discover Magazine

Space Shuttle Atlantis blasts off on May 14, 2010, kicking off STS-132. (Credit: NASA)

The Space Shuttle was NASA’s workhorse for 30 years. But despite all its features, it had some fatal…

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The crew of STS-107, seen here, had their flight aboard Space Shuttle Columbia delayed 18 times before launching in 2003. While reentering Earth’s atmosphere, Columbia broke apart, killing the entire crew. (Credit: NASA)


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