STS-135 Flight Day 11 Gallery

  • Space shuttle Atlantis while still docked with the International Space Station› View High-res
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    ISS028-E-174801 (18 July 2011) --- This view of the space shuttle Atlantis while still docked with the International Space Station was taken by a crew member aboard the station on the final day of joint activities between the crew members for the STS-135 and Expedition 28 missions. The robotic arm on the shuttle appears to be saluting "good-bye" to the station. Earth's airglow is seen as a thin blue line above the horizon. The Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, full of items to be returned to Earth, is seen in the aft cargo bay.

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    ISS028-E-017459 (18 July 2011) --- This small shuttle model, seen in a close-up view on the wall of the International Space Station's Node 2 or Harmony, was presented by NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, STS-135 commander, to the station by way of its current crew, the Expedition 28 astronauts and cosmonauts. The model had been signed by program officials and the mission's lead shuttle and station flight directors. "What you don't see is the signatures of the tens of thousands who rose to orbit with us over the past 30 years, if only in spirit," Ferguson said.

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    S135-E-009493 (18 July 2011) --- NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, STS-135 commander, signs an insignia decal for his mission in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. The shuttle insignia is mounted next to that of the Expedition 28. Having docked Atlantis to the station over a week ago, Ferguson and three crewmates are preparing to undock from the station early on July 19 and prepare for a July 21 landing in Florida. Photo credit: NASA

  • Chris Ferguson (right) and Sergei Volkov› View High-res
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    S135-E-009499 (18 July 2011) --- Inside the International Space Station's Node 1 or Unity, NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson (right), STS-135 commander, talks with Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Expedition 28 flight engineer, on the final day of joint activities involving the station and space shuttle Atlantis crews. Photo credit: NASA

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    S135-E-009501 (18 July 2011) --- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa is pictured inside the International Space Station's Node 1 or Unity. Furukawa and his five Expedition 28 crewmates were preparing to bid farewell to the STS-135 crew members, who have been visiting the station, carrying out a very busy agenda of work for over a week. Photo credit: NASA

  • Mike Fossum (left) and Alexander Samokutyaev› View High-res
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    S135-E-009507 (18 July 2011) --- In the Quest airlock of the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum (left) and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev, both Expedition 28 flight engineers, check out an electronic still camera. A little over a week ago, Fossum and crewmate NASA astronaut Ron Garan began and ended an historic spacewalk in the airlock. Photo credit: NASA

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    S135-E-009344 (18 July 2011) --- NASA astronaut Rex Walheim, STS-135 mission specialist, takes an opportunity to get the best view of Earth from aboard the International Space Station as he moves inside the Cupola. Walheim and three crewmates were in the last hours of their stay of over one week onboard the orbiting complex. Photo credit: NASA

  • STS-135 and Expedition 28 crew members› View High-res
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    S135-E-009414 (18 July 2011) --- At the farewell ceremony before the shuttle crew returned to Atlantis, NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson (center with microphone), STS-135 commander, made some special presentations of a U.S. flag and a space shuttle model. Members of the joint shuttle and International Space Station crews in the picture are, from the left, JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley, Mike Fossum, Ron Garan and Ferguson, along with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev, Andrey Borisenko and Sergei Volkov. Not in the picture are NASA astronauts Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. The shuttle commander presented to the station and its current crew the small shuttle model and the U.S. flag that was originally flown into space on the first shuttle mission in 1981, and seen here at the finger tips of Fossum and Garan. The shuttle model, seen on the wall between Hurley and Fossum, was signed by program officials and the mission's lead shuttle and station flight directors. "What you don't see is the signatures of the tens of thousands who rose to orbit with us over the past 30 years, if only in spirit," Ferguson said. Photo credit: NASA

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    S135-E-009509 (18 July 2011) --- In the Node 2 or Harmony on the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, STS-135 commander, is getting ready to join crewmates (out of frame) to uninstall the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module and transfer it back to the payload bay of Atlantis. Photo credit: NASA

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    S135-E-009484 (18 July 2011) --- In the Quest airlock of the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Expedition 28 flight engineer, draws attention to the freshly posted STS-135 decal next to that of him and his five crewmates. Photo credit: NASA