NASA's last shuttle mission: Atlantis

This NASA photo taken by the Expedition 28

This NASA photo taken by the Expedition 28 crew and released on July 15, 2011 shows the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it approaches the International Space Station. Beneath them all lie the teal-colored shallows around the Bahamas. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Space shuttle Atlantis, NASA's final shuttle mission in its 30-year history, returned to earth on July 21, 2011 after a 13-day flight in which it successfully restocked supplies at the International Space Station.

The NASA administrator, Charles Bolden, speaks as the
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The NASA administrator, Charles Bolden, speaks as the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis stand near Space Shuttle Atlantis after landing at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

NASA administrators speaks during the post landing news
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NASA administrators speaks during the post landing news conference at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Commander Chris Ferguson speaks after landing Space Shuttle
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Commander Chris Ferguson speaks after landing Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Commander Chris Ferguson, right, shakes hands with pilot
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Commander Chris Ferguson, right, shakes hands with pilot Doug Hurley after landing Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Spectators watch as the space shuttle Atlantis lands
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Spectators watch as the space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing STS-135, the final mission of the NASA shuttle program. (July 21, 2011)

Commander Chris Ferguson checks the wheel chock on
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Commander Chris Ferguson checks the wheel chock on one of Space Shuttle Atlantis' wheels at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Shuttle launch director Mike Leinbach, right, hugs LeRoy
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Shuttle launch director Mike Leinbach, right, hugs LeRoy Cain, deputy space shuttle program manager, after the space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida completing STS-135, the final mission of the NASA shuttle program. (July 21, 2011)

Commander Chris Ferguson, left, and NASA's deputy administrator,
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Commander Chris Ferguson, left, and NASA's deputy administrator, Lori Garver, look at space shuttle Atlantis' landing gear after landing at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

NASA administrator Charles Bolden, right, and pilot Doug
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NASA administrator Charles Bolden, right, and pilot Doug Hurley speak while walking under space shuttle Atlantis after landing at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Commander Chris Ferguson walks under space shuttle Atlantis
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Commander Chris Ferguson walks under space shuttle Atlantis after landing at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Mike Leinbach, space shuttle director, right, speaks during
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Mike Leinbach, space shuttle director, right, speaks during the post-landing news conference at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

The STS-135 crew stand next space shuttle Atlantis
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The STS-135 crew stand next space shuttle Atlantis shortly after landing at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space
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Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space
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Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Commander Chris Ferguson point to tiles under space
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Commander Chris Ferguson point to tiles under space shuttle Atlantis after landing at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

This panoramic view provided by NASA was photographed
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This panoramic view provided by NASA was photographed from the International Space Station, looking past the docked space shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay and part of the station including a solar array panel toward Earth, was taken on July 14, 2011 as the joint complex passed over the southern hemisphere. Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights can be seen on Earth's horizon and a number of stars are visible also.

The drag chute is deployed as the space
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The drag chute is deployed as the space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing STS-135, the final mission of the NASA shuttle program. (July 21, 2011)

Grace Calhoun, 16, of Nashville, front, screams with
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Grace Calhoun, 16, of Nashville, front, screams with joy while watching the Space Shuttle Atlantis land at Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center at U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. (July 21, 2011)

NASA employee Jerry Davison, center, and his wife,
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NASA employee Jerry Davison, center, and his wife, Maureen, right, take photos as they watch at Johnson Space Center in Houston as space shuttle Atlantis approaches for landing at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats, left, kisses
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Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats, left, kisses his wife Diane after watching space shuttle Atlantis land at Kennedy Space Center. (July 21, 2011)

Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center
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Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

The space shuttle Atlantis lands in the pre-dawn
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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.

Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats, left, is
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Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats, left, is presented the Atlantis mission flag by Andrew Kohlmeyer, right, after space shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center. (July 21, 2011)

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space
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Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

In this image provided by NASA-TV space shuttle
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In this image provided by NASA-TV space shuttle Atlantis touches down on runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 21, 2011)

This NASA photo taken by the Expedition 28
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This NASA photo taken by the Expedition 28 crew and released on July 15, 2011 shows the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it approaches the International Space Station. Beneath them all lie the teal-colored shallows around the Bahamas.

This frame grab from NASA-TV shows space shuttle
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This frame grab from NASA-TV shows space shuttle Atlantis performing a pitch maneuver as it closes in for one last docking at the International Space Station. (July 10, 2011)

A photo made from NASA television shows the
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A photo made from NASA television shows the Atlantis as it passes under a solar panel on the International Space Station after undocking on Tuesday. (July 19, 2011)

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the
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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Spectators watch the final launch of space shuttle
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Spectators watch the final launch of space shuttle Atlantis in Titusville, Fla., Friday, July 8, 2011.

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the
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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the
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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 mission specialists Rex Walheim,
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Space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 mission specialists Rex Walheim, left, and Sandra Magnus, pilot Douglas Hurley and commander Christopher Ferguson before boarding the Astrovan and heading to the launch pad for their scheduled blastoff at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 8, 2011)

The space shuttle Atlantis is seen on the
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The space shuttle Atlantis is seen on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 8, 2011)

Space Shuttle Atlantis sits on the Pad39A as
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Space Shuttle Atlantis sits on the Pad39A as the shuttle gets ready for its final launch from the Kennedy Space Center. (July 7, 2011)

Mike O'Neill of St. Petersburg, Fla., reads a
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Mike O'Neill of St. Petersburg, Fla., reads a book in the early morning hours while waiting for the launch of space shuttle Atlantis in Titusville, Fla. (July 8, 2011)

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 pilot Doug Hurley, left,
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Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 pilot Doug Hurley, left, and commander Chris Ferguson, after a training flight at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 6, 2011)

Space shuttle Atlantis, STS-135 astronauts, left to right,
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Space shuttle Atlantis, STS-135 astronauts, left to right, Commander Christopher Ferguson, Pilot Douglas Hurley, Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim wave American flags after arriving at Kennedy Space Center in Fla. (July 4, 2011)

Workers from the external tank group view the
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Workers from the external tank group view the space shuttle Atlantis from the rotating service structure as the structure is rolled back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (July 7, 2011)

Launch pad worker Chris Cassidy lays down grease
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Launch pad worker Chris Cassidy lays down grease on the tracks of the rotating service structure (RSS) on launch pad 39a prior to the RSS being rolled back to reveal the space shuttle Atlantis at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 7, 2011)

The crew of STS-135, from left, pilot Doug
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The crew of STS-135, from left, pilot Doug Hurley, commander Chris Ferguson, mission specialist Sandy Magnus and mission specialist Rex Walheim pose for a group photo following the crew media briefing at the Johnson Space Center, in Houston. (June 30, 2011)

An employee of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor
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An employee of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex dressed as an astronaut greets children at the center one day before Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch for the last mission of the space shuttle program in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (July 7, 2011)

President Barack Obama with daughters Malia, left, Sasha,
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President Barack Obama with daughters Malia, left, Sasha, first lady Michelle Obama, right, and her mother Marian Robinson, partially hidden, examine the tiled underbelly and landing gear of Space Shuttle Atlantis as they visit Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (April 29, 2011)

Kelleen Stewart signs a poster that reads,
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Kelleen Stewart signs a poster that reads, "Best Wishes Atlantis," at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex one day before Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch for the last mission of the space shuttle program in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (July 7, 2011)

The space shuttle Atlantis on Launch Pad 39A
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The space shuttle Atlantis on Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Preparations continue for the launch scheduled July 8 launch of STS-135, the final flight of the shuttle program. (July 7, 2011)

Mark Dojciechowski, left, and Amy Wohlwend from Atlanta,
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Mark Dojciechowski, left, and Amy Wohlwend from Atlanta, Ga., eat breakfast outside their camper as they wait to watch the launch of Space shuttle Atlantis on the last mission of the space shuttle program in Titusville, Fla. (July 7, 2011)

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