NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis docks to International Space Station for the last time

By on Jul 11, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis docked at the International Space Station on Sunday, July 10, 2011, which is the last docking of the Space Shuttle.

Space Shuttle Atlantis, as it docked to
International Space Station

Image Credit: NASA TV

According to NASA, Space Shuttle Atlantis docked at 11:07 a.m. (EDT), which is also the 12th time for the Atlantis and 46th shuttle docking to a space station.

Atlantis arriving. Welcome to the International Space Station for the last time,” Space station astronaut Ron Garan was quoted on the report via the radio.

Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson was noted to have guided the last space shuttle to the space station, which were flying about 240 miles high, east of New Zealand at the time of docking.

Space Shuttle‘ hatches are being expected to open at 1:19 p.m. (EDT) and the four Atlantis astronauts, including pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim will be greeted by space station astronauts.

As noted on the report, Space station commander Andrey Borisenko is being set to lead a welcome ceremony for them, and will be joined by fellow Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev.

Also included in welcoming Atlantis crew are Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and NASA astronauts Ron Garan and Mike Fossum, completing a set of 10 astronauts at the space station.

Later, they will begin to unload the vital supplies and equipment brought by Atlantis for the needs of the station operations when the shuttles retire.

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