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Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011

The Space Shuttle Atlantis (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-104) is the last active Space Shuttle orbiter in the Space Shuttle fleet belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the spaceflight and space exploration agency of the United States.[2] The Atlantis was the fourth operational (and the next-to-the-last) Space Shuttle to be constructed by the Rockwell International company in Southern California, and it was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center in eastern Florida in April 1985.[3][4] Atlantis is the only orbiter which lacks the ability to draw power from the International Space Station while docked there; it must continue to provide its own power through fuel cells.[5]
Atlantis is nearing retirement, its last scheduled mission is STS-135, the last flight before the Shuttle program ends. This final flight was authorized by President Barack Obama in October 2010, to bring additional supplies to the International Space Station and take advantage of the processing performed for the Launch on Need mission, which will only be flown in the event that Endeavour's crew requires rescue.[6] The 2011 federal budget, enacted on 15 April 2011, includes sufficient funds for NASA to fly the mission. As of 21 April 2011, NASA has yet to submit to Congress an operating plan, approval of which would cement funding, but this is considered a formality.[7]

As of the completion of its 32nd flight (STS-132), Atlantis has orbited the Earth more than 4,600 times, traveling over 120 million miles in space,[8] or more than 500 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. STS-135 will add an additional 5 million miles. Atlantis launched sucessfully for the final time on the 8th July 2011 at 1529 GMT.

Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011
Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011
Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011
Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011
Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011
Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011
Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011
Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011
Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011
Atlantis Space Shuttle Last Launch By NASA 2011

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