The shuttle program has been a huge part of the area’s culture, economy and history over the past 30 years, so Orlando’s TV stations are rolling out specials to mark the end of the shuttle era.
WFTV-9: Eyewitness to History — tonight at 8 p.m.
WESH-2: The Shuttle Program: Launches, Lessons, Legacy — Thursday at 8 p.m.
WKMG-6: Final Flight — Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
All the local stations will be airing the final launch live. Here’s a blast from the past: the first shuttle launch, Columbia, on April 12, 1981: