Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 - Last Shuttle Mission EVER

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 - Last Mission EVER
For the Space Shuttle Program
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Launch/Mission Info:
STS-135 MISSION Space Shuttle: Atlantis
Primary Payload: Raffaello Multi-purpose Logistics Module
July 8th
(Targeted for)
Launch Time: ~
10:40am CDT
Launch Pad:
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Mission Duration:
12 days
Spacewalks: 1 (By ISS crew)
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
About above Image: Pictured in the STS-135 crew portrait are NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson (center right), commander; Doug Hurley (center left), pilot; Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus, both mission specialists.
The NASA Authorization Act of 2010 directed NASA to conduct this final STS-135 mission. The Space Shuttle Program added the mission to the manifest to prepare for a potential target launch date in early July, 2011. (Launch now targeted for July 8, 2011)
This final mission of Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems.
Atlantis Rolls to Pad
About above Video: Space Shuttle Atlantis completes its historic and final 3.4-mile trek journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The spacecraft, external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters, attached on the mobile launcher platform, were secured to the launch pad at 2:29am CDT on Wednesday, June 1st. The move began at 7:42pm on Tuesday, May 31st and took approximately seven hours to complete.
GOD SPEED to NASA on getting the STS-135 Atlantis Crew into Space and back on this Historic, final mission ever, of Atlantis and the Space Shuttle Program. What a wonderful, EXCITING!!! ... 30 some odd years journey it has truly been!
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