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Atlantis blasts off on final mission

shuz (706678) writes | more than 4 years ago

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shuz (706678) writes "Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off today on its STS-132 mission to the International Space Station — the final flight for the venerable vehicle.

The mission involves three spacewalks over 12 days, during which the team will replace six batteries on the port truss which store energy from solar panels on that truss, bolt on a spare space-to-ground Ku-band antenna and attach a new tool platform to Canada's Dextre robotic arm."

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Godspeed (1)

janek78 (861508) | more than 4 years ago | (#32211092)

It is always so exciting to watch the launch. I find the Shuttle very aesthetic, one of the most beautiful pieces of technology, its shape is more appealing than airplanes. I will be sad to see them go. My favorite is Discovery; she flew both of the "return-to-flight" mission and for some reason seems to be the leader of the pack. :) But Atlantis also has an impressive record, it will be retirement well deserved.

From NASA.gov: "Atlantis lifted off on its maiden voyage on Oct. 3, 1985, on mission 51-J. Later missions included the launch of the Magellan probe to Venus on STS-30 in May 1989, Galileo interplanetary probe to Jupiter on STS-34 in October 1989, the first shuttle docking to the Mir Space Station on STS-71 in June1995 and the final Hubble servicing mission on STS-125 in May 2009. Atlantis is named after a two-masted sailing ship that was operated for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute from 1930 to 1966. STS-132 is Atlantis’ 32nd flight and its 11th flight Shuttle Atlantis to the station"

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