Orbital Flight Tests Begin For Commercial Space Taxis

Credit: NASA
When the STS-135 astronauts left the International Space Station (ISS) in 2011 to close out the final space shuttle mission, they left behind an American flag to be returned by the next crew to reach the outpost aboard a U.S. spacecraft. The flag is still there, but probably not for too much longer...
Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz is Senior Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International.

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