The final NASA Shuttle launch went off smoothly Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:29 a.m. from Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A --three minutes within its scheduled launch time. STS-135 is the 135th and final shuttle mission and the 33rd flight of Atlantis. Atlantis will dock with the space station on Sunday.
Here is a memorable quote pulled from the NASA Space Shuttle web site that reminds us of the significance of this launch, "What a truly awesome day today," said NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier at the STS-135 postlaunch news conference. "I'm really talking about the teams and the people who supported the launch that just occurred. What you saw is the finest launch team and shuttle preparation teams in the world."
Launch Image (left): Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off the launch pad for the final space shuttle mission. Image credit: NASA TV
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As millions across the U.S. and the world virtually follow this final shuttle mission, NASA websites help us dive deeply into the shuttle facts that NASA makes available. Honestly, the stats and counts available can pull even the most ardent baseball fans from their summer number crunching to explore data about the shuttle such as…
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Get Social with the Last Space Shuttle Launch: Mission STS-135.
On Friday July 8th, 2011 at 11:26am EST, Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135 is scheduled to be the final launch of a space shuttle from NASA’s fleet. Join in on all the excitement by either participating in a virtual launch, watching it live, or either following in on NASA’s Facebook page. Each opportunity revolves around social media and demonstrates how various media types can increase user activity and participation during current events such as the STS-135 Mission Launch.
The first opportunity discussed is a virtual launch that mirrors the event inside Second Life at the recreated Kennedy Space Center site scheduled for Friday July 8th, 2011 at 8:26am SLT. The Space Shuttle Atlantis in Second Life is free and open to the public.
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