“Atlantis rose from the launch pad on a plume of fire and parted the high clouds on its way to the International Space Station and to its place in history.”
Once the shuttle reached orbit, Ascent Commentator Rob Navias said: “For the last time, the space shuttle’s main engines have fallen silent as the shuttle slips into the final chapter of a storied 30-year adventure.”
Atlantis docked to the space station two days after launch, joining astronauts Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev, Ron Garan, Sergei Volkov, Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa.
The shuttle was docked to the ISS for more than eight days, unloading more than 11,600 pounds of equipment.
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