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Last Liftoff

Northwestern astronomer says the shuttle's final flight is a "bittersweet" moment

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July 8, 2011 | by Brendan Cosgrove

Audio Q&A: Michael Smutko talks about the end of the space shuttle program

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The launch of space shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135 marks the final flight for NASA’s space shuttle program and the end of manned space flight for the United States for the foreseeable future. In this audio Q&A, Michael Smutko, senior lecturer in physics and astronomy at Northwestern University, discusses the final flight, the legacy of the shuttle program and the future of space exploration.