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  • 2011 witnessed the end to an era. The very last space shuttle launched to the heavens and returned for a well-deserved retirement. My Hipstamatic iPhone app captured the very final lift off from the Kennedy Space Center during our STS-135 Tweetup.

    I stood on a wobbly chair, iPhone in hand, snapping images as the ground shook beneath me from the roar of the engines as they blasted the 4.5 million pound vehicle into low Earth orbit.

    I treasure this image. We'll see other vehicles leave Earth as the future unfolds, but never another Space Shuttle. We leave the Shuttle fleet behind as we exit 2011, and move forward toward whatever destiny awaits.
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