Space Shuttle Atlantis completed its 33rd and final mission landing on Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility on the morning of Thursday, July 21, 2011.
Use of music to awaken astronauts on space missions dates back at least to the Apollo Program, when astronauts returning from the moon were serenaded by their colleagues in mission control with lyrics from popular songs that seemed appropriate for the occasion.
This 360-degree virtual reality image shows NASA's Mission Control Center during farewell ceremonies as the STS-135 crew of Atlantis prepared to leave the International Space Station and begin preparations for the final space shuttle landing.› View This Video
The 110th bouquet of roses arrived in Mission Control on Saturday, July 9, 2011. They were sent as quietly as they have been for more than 23 years by a family near Dallas, Texas.
Food scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston have prepared a special "All-American Meal" for the final space shuttle crew as the iconic American spacecraft makes its last voyage.
After 29 years of supporting space shuttle missions, the payload changeout room hosts its last shuttle cargo.
Space shuttle Atlantis is carrying hundreds of items commemorating the final shuttle mission, along with taking the first iPhone into orbit.
NASA to test water purification method for long-duration space exploration.
Flag will pay tribute to astronauts who have died in the line of duty as it flies aboard space shuttle Atlantis.
Kennedy visitors will see shuttle Atlantis as it worked in space, with cargo bay doors open and arm extended.