A drought in Texas lowered Lake Nacogdoches enough to uncover an aluminum tank from Columbia's STS-107 mission.
A plant experiment flown on Atlantis gave insights to scientists researching bacteria that may help plants produce proteins.
Atlantis closes the book on the Space Shuttle Program.
About 25 unique vehicles and their operators wait at the runway on landing day to assist a space shuttle and its astronauts after touchdown.
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.
What it is like to dive at the runway from 28,000 feet on an approach just like the one the shuttle uses at landing.
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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.
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.
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.
Two booster recovery ships stand ready on shuttle launch day.
Tracking station ends its mission with the final shuttle flight.
Space shuttle Atlantis is carrying hundreds of items commemorating the final shuttle mission, along with taking the first iPhone into orbit.
Highly skilled technicians ready shuttles for flight in processing bays at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida
A small group of specially certified aerospace technicians called spacecraft operators help ensure the shuttle is ready to fly.
NASA to test water purification method for long-duration space exploration.
Space shuttle Endeavour holds true to its namesake for voyages of exploration and science.
Flag will pay tribute to astronauts who have died in the line of duty as it flies aboard space shuttle Atlantis.
Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour wrapped up their Earth vs. Space 2011 chess match as the shuttle touched down at Kennedy Space Center early June 1 without bringing the contest to a checkmate.