Space Shuttle Atlantis' final mission(49 images)

The space shuttle Atlantis landed for the final time Thursday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking the end of the 30-year U.S. space shuttle program. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for the Atlantis vehicle, which spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles.

NASA's space shuttle "Atlantis" returns "home" to the Kennedy Space Center's Landing Facility Runway 15 for the final time at 5:56 am on July 21, 2011. Carrying a crew of four and the Raffaello Logistics Module, the mission flew to the Space Station with enough equipment and supplies to support the outpost for the next year. The return of Atlantis closes the book on the Space Shuttle Program. Spanning thirty years, NASA's fleet of orbiters conducted 135 missions; launching satellites, including Galileo and Magellan to the planets, conducted scientific research, boosted and repaired the Hubble Space Telescope and completed construction of the International Space Station. Atlantis will be retired but remain in Florida on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. .UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell | License Photo
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