I’ll leave the politics and future (or lack thereof) off for later. This was a spectacular last flight, a lot of people worked hard to bring this off from start to end.
I’m going to miss that thing, and the BOOM BOOM when it crossed the coast to land at Edwards AFB a little over a hundred miles from here.
Space shuttle Atlantis touched down on the Shuttle Landing Facility’s Runway 15 at 5:57 a.m. EDT on July 21. After 200 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,284,862 miles, the landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida brought to a close 30 years of space shuttle flights.
“Although we got to take the ride,” said Commander Chris Ferguson on behalf of his crew, ” we sure hope that everybody who has ever worked on, or touched, or looked at, or envied or admired a space shuttle was able to take just a little part of the journey with us.”
The STS-135 crew consisted of Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim.
The Mission Summary .pdf can be found here, or scroll below the video for the embedded doc.