Farewell Atlantis

STS 132

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.

Atlantis from Above

sts132_press_kit (PDF – right click and save as)

NASA’s launch blog

Friday’s Launch scheduled at 2:20pm EDT – NASA TV (coverage begins at 9am)

Build your own Paper Model of Atlantis STS 132(scroll to bottom of page) – from The Ultimate Paper Rocket Guide

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2 Responses to Farewell Atlantis

  1. R2K says:

    We will get it back right?

  2. Debra says:

    We should go down to see one of the last 2 shuttle launches.

    I was in Florida for one in the late ’90s but not at the Cape. It was a night launch and we saw a big fireball in the sky from the hotel in Orlando.

    I so wish I had seen one of the Saturn V launches!

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