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Spacewalk closes book on shuttle era – Mission STS 135

by on July 14, 2011

With rehearsals and simulations all behind them now,a room full of flight controllers readies for the launch of STS-135, the final mission for the Space Shuttle Program, in the shuttle flight control room (WFCR) in the Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center. A few hundred miles away, a four-person flight crew inside the cabin of space shuttle Atlantis on Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center was also prepping for the launch.

NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Expediton 28 flight engineer, egresses the Quest airlock on the International Space Station as he prepares to join crewmate Mike Fossum on a July 12 spacewalk

This is a medium close-up view of NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Expedition 28 flight engineer, as he participates in the July 12 six and a half hour spacewalk on the International Space Station.

With his feet secured on a restraint on the space station remote manipulator system's robotic arm or Canadarm2, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum (frame center) holds the Robotics Refueling Mission payload, which was the focus of one of the primary chores accomplished on a six and a half hour spacewalk on July 12. The failed pump module is with DEXTRE on left side of the photo. NASA astronauts Fossum and Ron Garan performed the six-hour, 31-minute spacewalk, which represents the final scheduled extravehicular activity during shuttle missions.

Suspended in a very unique position on the end of the space station remote manipulator system or Canadarm2, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum takes a picture during a July 12 spacewalk. Fossum and NASA astronaut Ron Garan spent just a little over six and a half hours on their various tasks. Photo credit: NASA

This is a high angle view showing the Cupola, backdropped against the darkness of space and Earth's horizon, and some components of the International Space Station. In some of the images in this series, faces of several of the Atlantis STS-135 and Expediton 28 crewmembers can be seen in the Cupola's windows.

With the space shuttle Atlantis as a backdrop, and restrained on the end of the space station remote manipulator system or Canadarm2, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum takes a picture during a July 12 spacewalk. Fossum and NASA astronaut Ron Garan spent just a little over six and a half hours on their various tasks.

Click the images to download the Hi-Res version.  Source NASA Sts 135

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2 Comments
  1. Very impressive the last mission for NASA and Atlantis, hopefully there will be other missions are very impressive too.

    • There are 🙂 Just not really huge missions involving human space exploration

      How long till we establish a maned base on the moon to harvest resources? How long till we start colonizing mars and begin terraforming?

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