Astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis took this photograph of Soviet space station Mir over New Zealand as Atlantis approached Mir prior to docking on March 23rd, 1996.

Astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis took this photograph of Soviet space station Mir over New Zealand as Atlantis approached Mir prior to docking on March 23rd, 1996.

American chemist and NASA astronaut, the first mother in space, Anna Lee Fisher

American chemist and NASA astronaut, the first mother in space, Anna Lee Fisher

Space Shuttle Atlantis (OV-103) being prepared for STS-117, which launched 8th June 2007. The mission, primarily to add new components to the International Space Station, was a significant milestone marking the 250th orbital human spaceflight. (Photo: NASA)

Space Shuttle Atlantis (OV-103) being prepared for STS-117, which launched 8th June 2007. The mission, primarily to add new components to the International Space Station, was a significant milestone marking the 250th orbital human spaceflight. (Photo: NASA)

See how NASA's new mega rocket, the Space Launch System, measures up for deep space missions in this SPACE.com infographic.

Wondering how NASA's big new rocket compares? Check this cool graphic

See how NASA's new mega rocket, the Space Launch System, measures up for deep space missions in this SPACE.com infographic.

See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.

See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.

NASA Space Shuttle Program T-Shirt Adult M Medium 1981-2011 New w/o Tags

NASA Space Shuttle Program T-Shirt Adult M Medium 1981-2011 New w/o Tags

The space shuttle Enterprise, a prototype which never flew in space, travels up the Hudson River by barge to it's new home aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on June 6, in New York.    Kathy Willens/AP

Space shuttle Enterprise arrives at New York's Intrepid museum (+video)

The space shuttle Enterprise, a prototype which never flew in space, travels up the Hudson River by barge to it's new home aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on June 6, in New York. Kathy Willens/AP

The New Space Shuttle Exhibition

A Behind-The-Scenes Tour Of The New Space Shuttle Exhibition

NASA Johnson Space Center Space Shuttle Mission Control Center

NASA Johnson Space Center Space Shuttle Mission Control Center

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