Joshua Buck
Headquarters, Washington     
Kylie Clem
Johnson Space Center, Houston

July 18, 2011
Houston Welcomes Home Final Space Shuttle Crew
HOUSTON -- After space shuttle Atlantis' scheduled landing Thursday, July 21, a welcome home ceremony for the STS-135 astronauts is planned for Friday, July 22. Journalists and the public are invited to attend the 4 p.m. CDT event at Ellington Field's NASA Hangar 990. Gates to Ellington Field will open at 3:30 p.m.

Reporters planning to attend must contact NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston at 281-483-5111 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. Arrangements will be made for live television satellite trucks upon request. News media representatives planning to set up live TV equipment should plan to arrive at the event site no later than 3 p.m.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on NASA Television. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:


Shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim are wrapping up a 13-day mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station that will help sustain its operation in the post-shuttle era.

To follow the status of the landing and for more information on the STS-135 mission, visit:


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