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With the Shuttle Program Ending, Fears of Decline at Nasa

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Shuttle Atlantis STS-135

Space shuttle Atlantis STS-135, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, seen in May.

Scott Audette / Reuters

As NASA prepares to launch its last space shuttle—ending 30 years in which large teams of creative scientists and engineers sent winged spaceships into orbit—it is facing what may be a bigger challenge: a brain drain that threatens to undermine safety as well as the agency’s plans.

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