Atlantis Enters Retirement Mode
At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Atlantis glides into position between the work platforms of Orbiter Processing Facility-2. A purge unit that pumps conditioned air into a shuttle after landing is connected to Atlantis' aft end.
Once inside the processing facility, Atlantis will be prepared for future public display at Kennedy's Visitor Complex.
Atlantis' final return from space at 5:57 a.m. EDT, July 21, 2011 concluded the STS-135 mission, secured the space shuttle fleet's place in history and brought a close to America's Space Shuttle Program.
Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
July 21, 2011