Last Space Shuttle Atlantis launch STS-135

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the transportation canister carrying the STS-135 payload is lifted toward the payload changeout room on Launch Pad 39A’s rotating service structure. From there, it is transferred into Atlantis’ cargo bay.
The canister holds the mission’s main payload, the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, which contains supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station.
STS-135 is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.
Image credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis



“When did I know?”
I was asked this question quite a few times. I knew when I first heard and saw a plane in the sky from the kinder garden. But when I first saw on TV the Space Shuttle landing some years later… I knew when I suddenly ran to catch a sheet of paper and started to draw what I was seeing on TV as best as I could !

The message was all clear ! Thank you America…

STS-135 Space Shuttle Launch Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off at 11:29 a.m. EST on July 8, 2011, to begin the STS-135 mission, the last of the shuttle program.

Shuttle Closeout Crew Says Goodbye
The Closeout Crew sends its farewell and thanks after helping the final space shuttle crew into their seats before liftoff.


STS-135: Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver
On July 10, 2011, space shuttle Atlantis performed the nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or “backflip.” With Commander Chris Ferguson at the helm, Atlantis rotated 360 degrees backward to enable space station crew members to take high resolution digital pictures of the shuttle’s heat shield. Three cameras outfitted with 1,000 mm, 800 mm and 400 mm lenses captured photos that will provide Mission Control experts with the best possible imagery to validate the integrity of Atlantis’ heat …


STS-135 External Tank Jettison
Main engine cutoff and separation of Atlantis’ external tank during its climb into space.


Source of the pictures and videos: NASA




Inside the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF)

Outside the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) and view of the Shuttle Launch Pad 39A

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