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STS-135 Shuttle Mission Imagery
Space shuttle Atlantis returns to Earth
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STS135-S-217 (21 July 2011) --- Space shuttle Atlantis returns to Earth for the last time on Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida just before sunrise July 21, 2011. Atlantis touched down on Runway 15 at 5:57 a.m. (EDT), bringing an end to the STS-135 mission and NASA's Space Shuttle Program. Onboard are NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson, commander; Doug Hurley, pilot; Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, both mission specialists. On the 37th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, STS-135 delivered more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, equipment and supplies in the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module that will sustain station operations for the next year. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which has spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles. Photo credit: NASA

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