Sentinel photographer Red Huber was there when Columbia STS-1 blasted into history in 1981. He was there to document the unspeakable anguish of Challenger's explosion and the devastating emptiness when Columbia didn't come home.

He was there when mission control erupted in applause as Discovery returned the program to flight -- though he heard only the chatter of a camera's motor drive from a NASA rooftop 525 feet up. He was there when Endeavour ferried up the first American pieces of the International Space Station.

And he was there this morning when shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral to end the space shuttle era.

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