Another chapter in the manned exploration of space ends Friday with the final flight (STS-132) of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on its maiden voyage on October 3, 1985. Twenty-five years of service is an amazing record for a Spaceship. Many milestones were reached including deploying Magellan and Galileo probes, first shuttle docking with MIR, Hubble servicing mission, and many module additions to the IIS.
During the 12-day STS 132 mission, Atlantis and the mission’s six astronauts are delivering an Integrated Cargo Carrier and a Russian-built Mini Research Module to the International Space Station.
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Friday’s Launch scheduled at 2:20pm EDT – NASA TV (coverage begins at 9am)