07/06/2011 07:38 pm ET | Updated Sep 05, 2011

NASA Engineer Paul Sharpe Reflects On His Life Working With Space Shuttles

As NASA's 30-year space shuttle program winds down, engineer Paul Sharpe sat down with the BBC and reflected on his life working with these "magnificent flying machines," as he called them.

Sharpe, a recent retiree, worked at the Kennedy Space Center for 45 years. The end of the space shuttle program, he said, "is a sad time."

"Prior to the first shuttle launch in 1981 he worked on the Apollo mission. He even applied the finishing touches to the lunar rover, sticking stars and stripes onto the fenders of the vehicle astronauts drove on the moon," writes the BBC.

See Sharpe's entire interview (above).