Final Flight

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Final Flight

The launch of Atlantis on the STS-135 mission is the final flight of the agencys space shuttle program.

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STA Captures Atlantis Launch

Atlantis is seen through the window of a Shuttle Training Aircraft as it lifts off for its 12-day mission to the International Space Station.

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RSS Rollback

The RSS (rotating service structure) provides weather protection and access to the shuttle while it awaits liftoff on the pad.

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Headed to the Pad

From left are STS-135 Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley and Commander Chris Ferguson.

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Payload Bay Doors Closing

At Launch Pad 39A, NASA closes Atlantis' payload bay doors around the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module payload for Atlantis' STS-135 final mission.

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The View

NASA managers look on from Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as the space shuttle Atlantis lifts off.

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Looking Out

This image of Atlantis' payload bay, focusing on the docking mechanism, was photographed by the STS-135 crew from inside the crew cabin.

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Different Perspective

Seen at the rear of the cargo bay is the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, packed with supplies and spare parts for the orbiting outpost.

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Close Up

Parts of Atlantis' main engines are visible in this image, which is one of a series of images taken during the back flip or RPM (rendezvous pitch maneuver).

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Atlantis Launches Into History

After 30 years and 135 missions, residents and visitors to Florida's Space Coast see this rocket's red glare for the last time.

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