Did the Soviets Actually Build a Better Space Shuttle? - Popular Mechanics
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.
The Mercury Redstone. This one carried Alan Shepard into sub-orbit space on May 5th, 1961. On a personal note, this is, in my opinion, the most beautiful rocket NASA ever launched.
Assembling the Space Shuttle Atlantis for Mission STS-79, on August 1, 1996, at the NASA Vehicular Assembly Building (VAB).
Space shuttle Endeavour's main engines and solid rocket boosters burst to life lifting the shuttle from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Endeavour began its final flight, the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station.