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BLAST FROM  THE PAST: Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off on a 16-day research mission amid dramatic clouds of smoke and steam from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 16, 2003. The photo is typical of the work of photographer Scott Andrews over the decades for NASA and news organizations. Below, Mr. Andrews sets up the motion control system for one of his cameras to record the scheduled launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday. The final liftoff will mark the end of Mr. Andrews' more than 30 years of photographing missions.

    Mr. Space Shuttle's final shoot

    When Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated in flames and smoke on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, panic rippled through the photo department at Newsweek. As space shuttle launches had become somewhat routine, the magazine hadn't bothered to send a photographer to document Challenger's latest mission.

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