The space shuttle era is over. NASA has committed to retiring the shuttle by 2010 as a key part of the Vision for Space Exploration, the new (2004) U.S. policy for human and robotic space exploration. The plan was made with the expectation that the three remaining orbiters could carry out the flights needed to complete the International Space Station (ISS) and that a new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) could be operating by 2014. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin now hopes to advance that ...


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