Atlantis will be landing soon, bringing the STS program to an end. After this historical final landing, the US will lose the capability of launching Astronauts in Space, until one or more of the commercial alternatives will be ready with a platform which NASA can use. The foreseen gap is about 5 years. Meanwhile NASA will concentrate on building the next major stepping stone for inter-planetary flight by creating the capability for humans to reach Asteroids and Mars.
Space Shuttle Mission: The Collector's Edition (tm) is the most exciting and realistic Space Shuttle Missions Simulator available today on Windows PC, and it is designed to provide the experience and excitement of the NASA Space Shuttle missions in incredible detail.
From liftoff to on-orbit operations, deploy, capture and service satellites (Hubble included), learn about and operate the RMS robotic arm, rendezvous, dock, supply and build the International Space Station, perform Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA) in first-person view, getting as close and personal as possible to the tasks that Space Shuttle Astronauts have been performing in Space, then land the Shuttle safely at the Kennedy Space Center or Edwards Air Force Base.
Do all this in stunning full stereoscopy(*), and control the Shuttle from a beautifully rendered, active 3D Virtual Reality cockpit.
Go into Space as only a handful of carefully-selected Astronauts have been going since April 12, 1981.
(*) stereoscopy available with the Vuzix iWear 920 VR HMD