Atlantis Returns, End Of An Era

Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the
The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the
The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the pre-dawn hours on July 21, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending its 13-day mission. Atlantis touched down for a final time Thursday, ending its last mission to the International Space Station and bringing down the curtain on NASA's 30-year space shuttle program. The shuttle and its four-member US crew landed safely at Kennedy Space Center at 5:56 am (0956 GMT), closing an era of human space exploration for the United States and leaving Russia as the world's only taxi to the ISS. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the shuttle final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The landing brings to a close the 30-year era of the space shuttle program that began in 1981, and has included 135 missions. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the
The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the
The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the pre-dawn hours on July 21, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending its 13-day mission. Atlantis touched down for a final time Thursday, ending its last mission to the International Space Station and bringing down the curtain on NASA's 30-year space shuttle program. The shuttle and its four-member US crew landed safely at Kennedy Space Center at 5:56 am (0956 GMT), closing an era of human space exploration for the United States and leaving Russia as the world's only taxi to the ISS. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the
The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the
The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the pre-dawn hours on July 21, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending its 13-day mission. Atlantis touched down for a final time Thursday, ending its last mission to the International Space Station and bringing down the curtain on NASA's 30-year space shuttle program. The shuttle and its four-member US crew landed safely at Kennedy Space Center at 5:56 am (0956 GMT), closing an era of human space exploration for the United States and leaving Russia as the world's only taxi to the ISS. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis lands on July
The space shuttle Atlantis lands on July
The space shuttle Atlantis lands on July 21, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending its 13-day mission. Atlantis safely touched down bringing an end to the 30-year US shuttle program. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The landing brings to a close the 30-year era of the space shuttle program that began in 1981, and has included 135 missions. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The landing brings to a close the 30-year era of the space shuttle program that began in 1981, and has included 135 missions. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: In this handout from NASA, Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The landing brings to a close the 30-year era of the space shuttle program that began in 1981, and has included 135 missions. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the shuttle final mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis lands on July
The space shuttle Atlantis lands on July
The space shuttle Atlantis lands on July 21, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending its 13-day mission. Atlantis safely touched down bringing an end to the 30-year US shuttle program. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis lands on July
The space shuttle Atlantis lands on July
The space shuttle Atlantis lands on July 21, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending its 13-day mission. Atlantis safely touched down bringing an end to the 30-year US shuttle program. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: NASA workers pose in front of the Space Shuttle Atlantis after it landed at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: NASA workers pose in front of the Space Shuttle Atlantis after it landed at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced on July 21, 2011 after landing on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, completing the final shuttle mission in space. The landing signals an end to NASA's longest running and most successful program. AFP PHOTO/Bruce Weaver (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced on July 21, 2011 after landing on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, completing the final shuttle mission in space. The landing signals an end to NASA's longest running and most successful program. AFP PHOTO/Bruce Weaver (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced on July 21, 2011 after landing on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, completing the final shuttle mission in space. The landing signals an end to NASA's longest running and most successful program. AFP PHOTO/Bruce Weaver (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced on July 21, 2011 after landing on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, completing the final shuttle mission in space. The landing signals an end to NASA's longest running and most successful program. AFP PHOTO/Bruce Weaver (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Workers inspect the Space Shuttle Atlantis after it landed at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
Atlantis Returns From Final Mission Of Space Shuttle Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Members of the media photograph the Space Shuttle Atlantis after it landed at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced on July 21, 2011 after landing on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, completing the final shuttle mission in space. The landing signals an end to NASA's longest running and most successful program. AFP PHOTO/Bruce Weaver (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced o
The space shuttle Atlantis is serviced on July 21, 2011 after landing on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, completing the final shuttle mission in space. The landing signals an end to NASA's longest running and most successful program. AFP PHOTO/Bruce Weaver (Photo credit should read BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)

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