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NASA's RS-25 rocket engine powered the space shuttles and four of them will be used to power the core stage of NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS), the launch vehicle that will bring humans to deep space missions like landing on asteroids and Mars. This two minute time lapse video shows how NASA assembles it.

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Briefly: I live about 13km from the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center on the grounds of Dulles International Airport. I was there when Discovery arrived and I got this picture. I was also there when they rolled it in nose-to-nose with Enterprise, which it replaced.

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It may be hard to believe, but it's already been a full two years since the Space Shuttle Program completed its final mission and put its magnificent fleet of ships into retirement. The last of these to settle into its final resting place was Endeavour, and professional launch photographer Scott Andrews caught it all in this fantastic stop-action video for Time.

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I don't know if it's the most stunning or not — NYC was pretty awesome — but Endeavour looks absolutely magnificent flying over Los Angeles en route to LAX. The sense of scale is absolutely fantastic. What a beautiful shot. Click to see the ultra-HD version.

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Today marks one year since Atlantis roared on Launch Pad 39A en route to the International Space Station. It was the last of the 135 launches in the history of the space shuttle program. Here is an amazing video that shows them all at the same time.