The NASA space shuttle Atlantis made its last scheduled landing at 8:48 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. One space shuttle down, two to go. Happy retirement Atlantis!
on 05/26/2010 – Made popular on 05/26/2010
The space shuttle Atlantis has lifted off from the surface of Earth for its final trip into outer space. Its six-person crew is heading for the International Space Station to perform spacewalks and install components to the orbiting structure.
Everyone around the world can come together for a “virtual” picnic provided by NASA in honor of the last space shuttle mission, the STS-135 flight with the four-person crew of the space shuttle Atlantis.
The final NASA space shuttle mission is STS-135. GoSoftWorks is providing a free app so space enthusiasts can view when the space shuttle Atlantis goes overhead in their local skies, and where it is located anytime in its orbit.
The crew of the NASA STS-131 mission has landed its space shuttle Discovery successfully and safety at the Kennedy Space Center, with the STS-132 crew preparing its mission of the space shuttle Atlantic, which already sits on its KSC launch pad 39A.
The space shuttle Atlantis set down on the Kennedy Space Center runway on Thursday, July 21, 2011, ending the thirty-year Space Transportation System (STS) program for the United States. A review is provided of this complex machine and its triumphs and tragedies over the years.
With NASA running out of space shuttle missions, there is a much reduced need for active astronauts at the Johnson Space Center. Consequently, many are leaving the U.S. space agency for other employment or retirement.