It is the end of an era, the era of space shuttle missions to space is going to end this year. NASA is under presidential direction to retire the shuttle fleet this summer, let private companies take over trips to orbit and focus on getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.
What is the future of space exploration? It looks like the James Web Space Telescope and other observatories for the immediate future. Whatever you think personally about missions in space, there is no doubt that space shuttle missions captured the imagination of a generation. The final mission of each of the three space shuttles is scheduled this year.