NASA puts a great ending to an incredible American Space Program as Space Shuttle Atlantis landed a little before 6am Thursday morning. This ends a the space shuttle program, which will be replaced a few years from now with a different space vehicle.
In Lubbock, we have such a deep connection to the shuttle program, especially STS-107, the Shuttle Columbia. In 2003, Columbia broke up in the skies over West Texas with the sudden decompression happening pretty much right over I-27 halfway between Lubbock and Plainview.
The commander Rick Husband, from Amarillo, and went to college at Texas Tech. The pilot, Willie McCool, was a graduate of Coronado High School in Lubbock. During this shuttle mission these two men, along with five others were tragically cut short.