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Space Shuttle: On the Anniversary of the Last-Ever Mission (PHOTOS)

Posted: 07/08/2012 4:02 pm

with Douglas Dechow

Sunday, July 8, 2012, marks the first anniversary of the last launch of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis lifted off LC-39A at 11:29:03 after a very brief delay and began STS-135, the last mission in the three-decade-long program. U.S. manned spaceflight ended (at least temporarily) when that mission concluded twelve days later. One year ago, Lofty Ambitions bloggers spent the week at the Space Coast following this last shuttle mission. On the first anniversary of the last-ever shuttle mission, we share this photo essay.

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After Endeavour launches in May 2011, the crew of STS-135 walk Atlantis from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building, where it is stacked with the external fuel tank and two solid rocket boosters for the lat-ever space shuttle mission. STS-135 (left to right); Mission Specialist Rex Walheim, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus.
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