Photos from final flight of space shuttle

Photos from STS-135, the historic final flight in NASA’s space shuttle program.

NASA’s space shuttle program came to an end at 5:56 a.m. EDT (9:56 UTC) on July 21, 2011 when Atlantis touched down safely at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Here are a few photos from Atlantis’ memorable final flight into space.

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Atlantis sits docked with the ISS in this photo taken by astronaut Mike Fossum aboard the space station.

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Atlantis departs the ISS on July 18, 2011 – a space station solar panel can be seen in the foreground

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An Atlantis crew member took this image of the International Space Station shortly after the shuttle departed the station on July 19, 2011.

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The Atlantis crew wave farewell at the end of the last crew news conference from aboard the shuttle on July 20, 2011.

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Final landing of a space shuttle – Space Shuttle Atlantis, mission STS-135 – at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, 2011.

Deborah Byrd