The Space Shuttle Atlantis will blast off on Friday, ending a 30-year program of propeling astronauts into the great beyond. It is a time of great uncertainty for NASA, which will reduce the number of astronauts it employs as it pays Russia up to $56 million a seat to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station. But rather than look forward to a tenuous future, now is a good time to look back at some of the glorious moments that have emerged out of three decades of space exploration.