Space Shuttle Update (37)


                                                                                                                                        
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The Voyage Home
NASA – Space shuttle Atlantis’ bright-white, iconic frame illuminates the darkness as it touches down on the Shuttle Landing Facility’s Runway 15 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final time. Securing the space shuttle fleet’s place in history, Atlantis marked the 26th nighttime landing of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and the 78th landing at Kennedy. Main gear touchdown was at 5:57:00 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 5:57:20 a.m., and wheelstop at 5:57:54 a.m. On board are STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim. On the 37th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, STS-135 delivered more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, equipment and supplies in the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module that will sustain station operations for the next year. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which has spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles. Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Xenons Light the Way
Xenons light the way home as space shuttle Atlantis’ iconic white frame appears over the Shuttle Landing Facility’s Runway 15 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the last time.

Securing the space shuttle fleet’s place in history, Atlantis marked the 26th nighttime landing of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and the 78th landing at Kennedy.

Main gear touchdown was at 5:57:00 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 5:57:20 a.m., and wheelstop at 5:57:54 a.m.

On board are STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim. Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph July 21, 2011

At 5:57 a.m. EDT on July 21, 2011, space shuttle Atlantis landed for the final time at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after 200 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,284,862 miles on the STS-135 mission and final flight for the Space Shuttle Program. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett July 21, 2011

Station Crew Views Shuttle Landing
This unprecedented view of the space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights, on its way home, was photographed by the Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station. Airglow over Earth can be seen in the background.

Atlantis Prepares for Journey Home
This picture of space shuttle Atlantis was photographed from the International Space Station as the orbiting complex and the shuttle performed their relative separation in the early hours of July 19, 2011.

The Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, which transported tons of supplies to the complex, can be seen in the cargo bay. It is filled with different materials from the station for return to Earth. July 19, 2011

On the Flight Deck
STS-135 Pilot Doug Hurley (left) and Mission Specialist Rex Walheim are pictured on the flight deck of the space shuttle Atlantis after separation from the International Space Station. July 19, 2011

Final Day of Docked Operations
This view of space shuttle Atlantis and its Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module was taken by a crew member aboard the space station on the final day of joint activities between the crew members for the STS-135 and Expedition 28 missions.

The object connected to the station at right in the grasp of Dextre, a robot hand, is the Cargo Transport Container-2 which was delivered by JAXA’s HTV-2 vehicle earlier in the year. July 18, 2011

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