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July 8th, 2011
09:50 AM ET

What's next for NASA's space program? A former astronaut looks at the possibilities

The Atlantis mission will close the books on NASA's space shuttle program. Where does space exploration go from here?

This morning, CNN's Ali Velshi takes an in-depth look at the future of space travel with Jim Halsell, a former astronaut who has flown five shuttle missions - two as a commander, three as a pilot. He's now a vice president with ATK Aerospace Systems, working on a commercial vehicle to take NASA's astronauts back to space.

In this video, he explains where he thinks space travel will go in the future.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
July 8th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Is the shuttle program ending too soon? NASA deputy administrator responds

In less than two weeks, NASA's space shuttle program will be nothing more than a footnote in history. And many critics, including former astronauts, are blasting the space agency for not having a new program ready to replace it.

CNN's Ali Velshi spoke with NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver about the criticism and the future of space exploration.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
July 8th, 2011
09:29 AM ET

NASA "tweetup" winners to witness shuttle history

When the shuttle Atlantis takes flight later this morning, two self-proclaimed "space geeks" will have a front-row seat to history.

Sara Blask and Todd Seip are two of the winners of NASA's "Tweet-up" contest and they're getting a chance to watch the final shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

They spoke with CNN's Ali Velshi about what it's like to win the chance to see the last shuttle launch.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle • Twitter
July 8th, 2011
09:18 AM ET

On last day of shuttle launch, astronaut Leroy Chiao reflects on his time in space

As the shuttle Atlantis takes off for the very last time, we're looking back at the legacy of the space shuttle program and the importance of the shuttle program in U.S. history.

Especially for astronauts who have flown in the shuttle, today is a bittersweet day when NASA closes the first chapter in human spaceflight and prepares to start a new one.

Live from Kennedy Space Center this morning, CNN's Ali Velshi talks with Leroy Chiao, an astronaut who flew on three shuttle missions and spent more than six months on the International Space Station. Chiao explains what it feels like to see the last shuttle take off.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
July 6th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Next steps for NASA post-shuttle

Up to one million spectators are expected to attend the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on Friday morning. And as the program heads into retirement, NASA plans to transition to the future by keeping an eye on the past. The space agency will be developing a new capsule to take humans into deep space.

CNN's John Zarrella takes a look at what NASA has in store

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
December 22nd, 2010
08:11 AM ET

Cady Coleman from space: Try your hardest, 'real people do have their dreams come true'

American Morning has been following NASA astronaut Cady Coleman's journey to space for over a year now. We've spent time with her at her home in Massachusetts. We've watched her as she trained for the mission in zero gravity across the globe in bases in Russia, Japan, and here in the United States.

Today on American Morning, Coleman is with us live from aboard the International Space Station with fellow NASA astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Coleman talks with John Roberts, Carol Costello, and John Zarrella about her incredible adventure.

Watch the interview to hear her talk about what she brought along with her, how she's keeping in touch with family, and how her dreams are coming true up in space.

Filed under: American Morning • NASA • Science
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