Atlantis' next mission will help prepare the International Space Station for life without the shuttle.
During STS-129, Painted Lady butterflies will fly aboard space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. The butterflies will spend several months in space as part of an exciting experiment to observe their life cycles and behaviors in microgravity.
See these educational resource pages associated with previous missions.
Learn more about the STS-129 space shuttle mission and crew.
The spare parts delivered to the International Space Station by Atlantis during the STS-129 mission will mean spare years on the station’s life once the space shuttle fleet is retired.
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The STS-129 crew members prepare for their mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Atlantis.
Atlantis and crew will deliver two gyroscopes, equipment and ExPRESS logistics carriers to the space station.
Space Shuttle Atlantis is set for the 31st mission to the International Space Station. See the images captured that relate to this mission.
For 50 years, NASA's been famous for counting backward from 10 to zero. But a final countdown is now under way that will stand out among them all.
Find out what is planned for each of the remaining space shuttle flights.
Commander Frank De Winne leads a six-member crew of astronauts from Canada, Europe, Russia and the United States.
Learn more about how astronauts on board the space station are working to improve life on Earth and extend life beyond our home planet.
Learn how the astronauts prepared for their mission to the International Space Station.› View this interactive feature
How fast can you match the STS-129 pictures?
Help Space Kid collect orbs to learn about the STS-129 space shuttle mission.
Learn about the next mission with this interactive tool.
The space shuttle carries astronauts to space and back.› Read Students K-4 article
Astronauts go on spacewalks to do important jobs outside their spacecraft.› Read Students K-4 article
Spacesuits protect astronauts in space, on the moon and on other planets.› Read Students K-4 article
Microgravity is why astronauts float around in space.› Read Students K-4 article
Color pictures and learn about the space shuttle.
Find out how the space shuttle gets ready for launch.