Government IT: Atlantis Shuttle's Final Flight in Space Nears End

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-07-18
 
 
 

Through Astronauts Eyes

This image shows the International Space Station with Atlantis docked on the right and a Russian Soyuz on the far left.

Through Astronauts Eyes

Hanging Out in Space

With his feet secured on a restraint on the space station remote manipulator system's robotic arm, or Canadarm2, NASA astronaut Ron Garan carries the pump module.

Hanging Out in Space

Old Glory in Orbit

The crews of STS-135 and Expedition 28 float on the ISS with a U.S. flag that was flown on the first space shuttle mission, STS-1, in 1981.

Old Glory in Orbit

International Partnerships

In this view of the ISS cupola, a variety of modules and components of the station showcase the contributions of the many nations making up some of the international partnerships behind the space station.

International Partnerships

Crew Portrait

The Expedition 28 crew and the STS-135 Atlantis astronauts take a break from a busy day in space to pose for a portrait aboard the orbiting complex's Kibo laboratory of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Crew Portrait

Southern Lights on Display

One of the STS-135 Atlantis crew members took this photo of the Southern Lights, or Aurora Australis, while visiting the ISS.

Southern Lights on Display

Managing the Cargo

On Atlantis' middeck, mission specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus discuss the large tasks of moving supplies on the joint shuttle/ISS complex during flight Day 6 for the four shuttle crew members.

Managing the Cargo

Shuttle Spacewalks Completed

Following the 6-hour, 31-minute spacewalk of NASA astronauts Ron Garan (top left) and Mike Fossum (top right), five members of the joint shuttle-station crew pose for photographs in the Quest airlock of the ISS.

Shuttle Spacewalks Completed

All-American Meal

One of the final meals shared between shuttle and station crews has been called "The All-American Meal."

All-American Meal

An Amazing View

This panoramic view was photographed from the ISS toward Earth, looking past space shuttle Atlantis' docked cargo bay and part of the station, including a solar array panel.

An Amazing View

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