Goodbye, Space Shuttle

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A major milestone in space history took place in the wee hours this morning: Just before dawn, the U.S. space shuttle orbiter Atlantis landed safely for the final time at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. In so doing, the shuttle closed out 30 years of a program that captivated the imagination of children the world over.

To mark the occasion, and to highlight the science and people behind the space shuttle program, we hope you’ll share with your children and students BrainPOP’s movies related to the American space program. For starters, you can teach the basic science of rocketry with our Space Flight movie. You can also review a bit about how we got to where we are today by learning about the Apollo Project, which preceded the shuttle. Atlantis’s final mission was to the International Space Station, so climb on board with what’s happening on this major outpost in low earth orbit. And you can inspire the next generation of astronauts with our movie on Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, who made her maiden voyage aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Of course, the sky’s the limit when it comes to space exploration, which is why we’re happy this month to offer our Spotlight: Space!