07/08/2012 04:03 pm ET Updated Sep 07, 2012

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

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.