STS-135 Atlantis Space Shuttle Launch [Video]Category: News
Space shuttle Atlantis has been launched as the final mission of NASA’s space shuttle program. It is on its way to the International Space Station after launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 11:29 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 8.
STS-135 is the 135th shuttle flight, the 33rd flight for Atlantis and the 37th shuttle mission dedicated to station assembly and maintenance.
During the mission, it will visit the International Space Station, drop off about 9,500 pounds of supplies and spare parts and conduct an experiment to test new refueling and repair technology for satellites in orbit. It is a 12 day mission expected to land back to Earth on July 20.
Altantis carries 4 persons (compared to the usual crew of six or seven), space shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson and crewmates Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.
If you missed this spectacular event, watch the video of the final Space Shuttle launch below:
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