Lawmakers tweet end of the space era

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynReport: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Conservatives backing Trump keep focus on Supreme Court MORE (R-Texas) tweeted: "Bittersweet moment: Last Space Shuttle Lands in Florida, Ending 30-Year NASA Program [5:57 a.m. ET]"

Cornyn also noted, "Texans should take pride in three decades' worth of accomplishments in the space program."

Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonFederal agency under fire for selling recalled cars Senators offer renewed hope of ending hotel booking scams Yahoo hack spurs push for legislation MORE (D-Fla.), a former astronaut, tweeted: "Welcome home #Atlantis. Though we’ll not again explore on a shuttle’s wings, we won’t stop reaching as long as there are stars." Nelson watched the final landing early this morning on TV at home in Virginia, according to his office.

Rep. Tim ScottTim ScottGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election More Senate Republicans pressure Treasury over debt-equity rules Trump's implosion might be blessing in disguise for GOP MORE (R-S.C.) tweeted: "Glad space shuttle Atlantis has landed safely at Kennedy Space Ctr. 30 yrs of service to our nation and the planet."

Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) tweeted: "This morning marked the landing of the space shuttle Atlantis and the end to our nation’s last space shuttle mission."

Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) tweeted: "Welcome home Atlantis! A perfect landing is a fitting end to the historic shuttle program."

Other members of Congress, including Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiBetter child care for stronger families GOP Senate candidate: It's 'not practical' to repeal ObamaCare Senate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal MORE (D-Md.) and Reps. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) also noted the "end of an era" in their tweets.

Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Colo.) was more optimistic about his state's role in America's future in space:

Udall tweeted: "Final #NASA shuttle mission landed this morning, but #CO is well positioned to lead future space exploration."