NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 mission crew members prepare for final launch

By on Jul 5, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

Updated: July 8, 2011 12:31 p.m.

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NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 mission crew members arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Monday, July 4, 2011 to prepare for its final launch.

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 mission crew
members (From left to right, Commander Chris
Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialists
Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim)

Image Credit: Kim Shiflett/

As reported by NASA that day, the four STS-135 crew members arrived at around 2:30 p.m. EDT, on board via two T-38 jets and will train for the next 4 days for their final launch.

“I think I speak for the whole crew in that we are delighted to be here after a very arduous nine month training flow and we’re thrilled to finally be here in Florida for launch week.” STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson was quoted on the report.

For 12 days in space, Ferguson will be accompanied by Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim during final flight of NASA‘s shuttle program, STS-135.

According to NASA, Atlantis will be carrying the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module which contains crew supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station and its crew.

Atlantis will also bring the Robotic Refueling Mission, an experiment designed to test and demonstrate test the tools and technologies needed for refueling satellites in space using robotic technique.

The Atlantis STS-135 mission is Space Shuttle’s final launch and also the 135th launch since 1981, and is being scheduled on Friday, July 8, at 11:26 a.m. (EDT).

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