With Atlantis on the final shuttle mission, manned space programmes face a bleak future.
The crew of NASA’s last shuttle to space are getting ready to head back down to Earth for the final time.
Atlantis has delivered a year’s worth of food, clothes and other supplies to the International Space Station, to help the crew keep going until the end of the year.
After that, it’s retirement.
Al Jazeera’s Nazanin Sadri reports.