135 & done
A tribute to the space shuttle program: From Houston, where it all began
The United States space shuttle program will end appropriately Friday in Houston, the same place it all began.
On Friday, the four-member crew will return to Houston for a public ceremony celebrating the program's 135th and final crew return.
"Their work done in this room in this building will never again be duplicated. I believe that the accomplishments of the shuttle program will become the next set of shoulders of giants for the future programs to stand on. Hold your heads up high with pride as we close out the space shuttle program. You have earned it.
"Savor the moment. Soak it in and know you are the best — the best in the world. Your work here has made America and the world a better place. It has been an unbelievable and amazing journey. God bless you all, and God speed.”
The return ceremony will be held at Ellington Field NASA Aircraft Operations, Hangar 900, beginning at 4 p.m. If you're interested in making the drive, it's open to the public, but remember, it'll be hot out there.
Watch a video tribute to the last flights here: