July 20th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Father-son team helps capture shuttle history

We've all seen them: photos of the latest NASA shuttle lifting off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Many of those images have come from the same group of professional press photographers, including Scott Andrews with Canon. Andrews, who has a background in engineering, created a specialized trigger to capture close-up images of the shuttle liftoff.

Recently, Andrews' son Philip, a college graduate, joined his father capturing the final shuttle launches. As the shuttle program’s end comes with Thursday’s scheduled landing of Atlantis, CNN's John Couwels followed the photographers that captured American history.

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July 20th, 2011
02:51 PM ET

Shuttle workers grapple with reinventing themselves

When the commander of Atlantis calls, "Wheels stop," upon landing this week, Ray Zink and Billy McClure will be waiting. They will lead the team that will secure the space plane for the final time, marking the end of the U.S. space shuttle program.


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July 20th, 2011
11:47 AM ET

Tiny fourth moon discovered in Pluto's orbit

(CNN) - While searching for rings around the dwarf planet Pluto, NASA astronomers made an unintentional discovery - Pluto has a fourth moon.

NASA announced the discovery of the satellite, temporarily named P4, in a news release Wednesday. Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope were amazed they could see the moon - believed to be a mere 8 to 21 miles in diameter - from so far away.

"I find it remarkable that Hubble's cameras enabled us to see such a tiny object so clearly from a distance of more than 3 billion miles," said Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. The institute led this observing program with Hubble.

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July 20th, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Last View

"This image of the International Space Station was taken by Atlantis' STS-135 crew during a fly around as the shuttle departed the station on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. STS-135 is the final shuttle mission to the orbital laboratory."

Source: NASA

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