Watching Atlantis Launch
Spectators in the foreground watch as Atlantis launches on its final flight, July 8, 2011.
Heads-down, That's How Atlantis Rolls
Shuttle Atlantis rolls into the heads-down position after launch, July 8, 2011.
Shuttle Atlantis climbs to space on a column of smoke, July 8, 2011.
Atlantis Flies into Clouds
With the International Space Station flying 220 miles high & east of Christchurch, New Zealand, space shuttle Atlantis launched at 11:29 a.m. EDT, July 8, 2011.
Atlantis' External Tank Camera's View of Launch
The camera mounted on Atlantis' external tank shows a unique view looking back towards the ground as Atlantis launches.
Close-out Crews Shares Message Before Last Launch
A member of the shuttle Atlantis' close-out crew shares a message before the shuttle's last launch.
Atlantis' Solid Rocket Boosters Separate
One of Atlantis' solid rocket boosters can be seen at lower left falling back to Earth, July 8, 2011.
Shuttle Atlantis at Launch Pad
The space shuttle Atlantis stands poised for its final liftoff from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Space Shuttle Atlantis on Launch Pad 39A
Space shuttle Atlantis is revealed at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A following retraction of the pad's Rotating Service Structure on July 7.
Bright Lights, Last Space Shuttle
Space shuttle Atlantis, attached to its bright-orange external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters, is bathed in xenon lights and takes center stage on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in this aerial image taken from a NASA helicopter in the predawn hours just before launch on July 8, 2011.