IT & Network Infrastructure : Space Shuttle Atlantis: A Retrospective

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-07-22
 
 
 

Touchdown

Atlantis lands for the final time on the morning of July 21 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after 200 orbits around Earth.

Touchdown

Final Separation

This picture of Atlantis was photographed from the International Space Station as the orbiting complex and the shuttle performed their relative separation in the early hours of July 19.

Final Separation

Last Spacewalk

Spacewalker Mike Fossum rides on the International Space Station's robotic arm as he carries the Robotic Refueling Mission experiment on the final scheduled spacewalk during a shuttle mission.

Last Spacewalk

Saying Goodbye

This image of the ISS was taken by Atlantis' STS-135 crew during a fly-around as the shuttle departed the station July 19.

Saying Goodbye

Atlantis First Flight Crew

The crew assigned to the STS-51J mission included Mission Specialist Robert L. Stewart (left, seated), Commander Karol J. Bobko and Pilot Ronald J. Grabe.

Atlantis First Flight Crew

Atlantis Maiden Launch

Atlantis was delivered to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in April 1985. Its first mission was to deliver a communications satellite for the Department of Defense.

Atlantis Maiden Launch

Atlantis First to Dock With Mir

Atlantis is docked to Russia's Mir Space Station and was photographed by the Mir-19 crew in July 1995.

Atlantis First to Dock With Mir

Assembling the ISS

Atlantis' STS-115 mission resumes assembly of the International Space Station after a hiatus of four years.

Assembling the ISS

Spacewalk Over Beautiful Earth

With the beautiful Earth below, spacewalker Joe Tanner works to install the P3/P4 truss segment on the space station in 2006.

Spacewalk Over Beautiful Earth

Atlantis Delivers Galileo to Space

In October 1989, Atlantis carried a crew of five and the spacecraft Galileo, which was deployed on a six-year voyage to Jupiter.

Atlantis Delivers Galileo to Space

Rocket Fuel