|The end of an era as Atlantis lifts off one last time|
|Atlantis lands for the last time|
Many of these brave men were pilots before they were astronauts--several flew fighters in World War II and the Korean War. They were a unique breed of fearless adventures that while understanding the risks, were willing to take them in order to achieve the gains. And the men and women that followed aboard the Space Shuttles shared that same unique spirit.