Photos: NASA's Prepares for Final Shuttle Flight

Shuttle Atlantis' Final Rollout


Space shuttle Atlantis makes one last trip to the launch pad on May 31, 2011 to prepare for its planned July 8 launch for NASA's STS-135 mission, the last-ever flight of the space shuttle program.

Space Shuttle Atlantis & STS-135 Astronauts at the Launch Pad Z. Pearlman

NASA's final space shuttle crew took part in a press conference on June 22, 2011 while standing behind their spacecraft, Atlantis, and Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A. From left to right: STS-135 mission specialists Rex Walheim, Sandra Magnus, pilot Doug Hurley and commander Chris Ferguson.

Center of Attention

NASA/Kim Shiflett

The STS-135 crew members speak to the media at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A in Florida. Commander Chris Ferguson holds a microphone as Pilot Doug Hurley (red cap), along with Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, look on. Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts are at Kennedy for a launch countdown dress rehearsal called the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) and other training. Atlantis and its crew are scheduled to lift off July 8, 2011, carrying the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module to the International Space Station. STS-135 will be the 33rd flight of Atlantis, the 37th shuttle mission to the space station, and the 135th and final mission of NASA's Space Shuttle Program.

Final Four: Shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 Crew Z. Pearlman

The ‘final four’ space shuttle astronauts arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 20, 2011 to practice for their July 8 launch. From left to right: STS-135 mission specialist Sandra Magnus, pilot Doug Hurley, commander Chris Ferguson and mission specialist Rex Walheim.

Shuttle Atlantis Set for One Last Launch Pad Trek

NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

In the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, shuttle Atlantis is lowered toward the mobile launcher platform where it will be joined with its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters on May 18, 2011. Atlantis will launch on NASA's final shuttle mission on July 8.

NASA satellite refueling experiment, picture 2


The Dextre robot will help affix NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission experiment to the International Space Station's ExPRESS Logistics Carrier-4.

STS-135 Patch


STS-135 patch.

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