Charting the Course: STS-135 Atlantis

by / Thursday, 14 July 2011 / Published in Blog - Space Log

569950main_image_2004_946-710-1Are you like us here at Janet’s Planet and excited to follow every move of the final shuttle STS-135 on its adventure in space? Never fear fellow space lovers! Thanks to a fun interactive tool on NASA’s website, we can all follow along as if we were right there with the team aboard the shuttle Atlantis! The above image shows the final spacewalk of the shuttle era. We’re watching history in the making friends!

Currently on day 7 of the 12-day mission, the crew got the wakeup call of R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe singing his hit song “Man on the Moon.” Stipe also issued a personal message wishing “a very good morning” to the crew.

Here we see the space shuttle Atlantis over the clear blue waters of the Bahamas before it completed a perfect docking operation with the International Space Station. Wait, Atlantis crew…no time for a snorkeling expedition?

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