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Atlantis Makes Shuttle Program's Final Landing
07.21.11
 
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Rob Navias/STS-135 Descent Commentator: The pre-flare maneuver executed.

Landing gear down and locked.

Main gear touchdown. (Pilot Doug) Hurley now deploying the drag chute.

(Commander Chris) Ferguson rotating the nose gear down to the deck.

Nose gear touchdown.

Having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the shuttle pulls into port for the last time. Its voyage, at an end.

Chris Ferguson/STS-135 Commander: Mission complete, Houston. After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle found its place in history. It's come to a final stop.

Barry "Butch" Wilmore/Capcom: We copy your wheel stop and we'll take this opportunity to congratulate you Atlantis, as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space-faring nation, who truly empowered this incredible spacecraft, which for three decades has inspired millions around the globe. Job well done America.

Chris Ferguson/STS-135 Commander: Hey, thanks Butch. Great words, great words. You know the space shuttle has changed the way we view the world, and it's changed the way we view our universe. There's a lot of emotion today, but one thing's indisputable . . . America's not going to stop exploring. Thank you Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour, and our ship, Atlantis. Thank you for protecting us and bringing this program to such a fitting end. God bless all of you. God bless the United States of America.

Barry "Butch" Wilmore/Capcom: Inspiring comments Atlantis. We'll meet you on 5-3.

Chris Ferguson/STS-135 Commander: We'll see you there, Butch.
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