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Final Voyage of NASA's Space Shuttle

Photos: NASA's Last Space Shuttle Landing in History

Final Space Shuttle Landing: Pilot's View

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This NASA TV still shows the head's up display view from pilot Doug Hurley's seat on space shuttle Atlantis during the final space shuttle landing on July 21, 2011 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which occured before dawn at 5:56 a.m. EDT.

Houston Crowd Catches Final Shuttle Landing

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Hundreds of people flocked to NASA's Johnson Space Center in the wee hours of July 21, 2011 to watch the final space shuttle landing in history live on a giant Jumbotron screen.

Shuttle Atlantis Nears Final Florida Landing

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This still from a NASA broadcast shows the ground track of space shuttle Atlantis (red triangle) as it approaches the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to make the final landing of the shuttle era on July 21, 2011 during the STS-135 mission.

Shuttle Atlantis Rests After Final Voyage

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NASA's space shuttle Atlantis sits atop the landing strip at the Shuttle Landing Facility of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a flawless final landing before dawn on July 21, 2011. The landing ended NASA's 30-year space shuttle program.

Space Shuttle at Rest

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Space shuttle Atlantis is seen on the runway after making a predawn landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on July 21, 2011 to end the agency's 30-year shuttle program. It was the 135th and final shuttle flight.

Bolden and Reporter Speak Following Atlantis' Landing

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NASA chief Bolden speaks with a journalist on the runway with shuttle Atlantis in the background.

STS-135 Crew at Post-Landing Press Conference

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The STS-135 crew poses for pictures following landing of shuttle Atlantis on July 21, 2011.

Atlantis Crew Seated at Desk During Post-Landing Press Conference

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The crew of Atlantis crew discussing a humorous topic during the post-landing press conference.

Space Shuttle Atlantis' Crew at Press Conference

NASA/Jim Grossmann

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 and final Space Shuttle Program Flight, participates in a news conference in the Press Site auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on landing day. Seen here are STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson (left), Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim and Pilot Doug Hurley.

NASA Sign Heralds Space Shuttle Era's End

NASA/Bill Ingalls

A sign along the road at the NASA Kennedy Space Center shows the countdown to the scheduled landing of the space shuttle Atlantis, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is scheduled to land early Thursday morning, bringing an end to its STS-135 mission and the space shuttle program.

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