19 Facts About STS-135


STS-135 was the 135th and final mission of the American Space Shuttle program.

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STS-135 launched on 8 July 2011, and landed on 21 July 2011, following a one-day mission extension.

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On 13 February 2011, program managers told their workforce that STS-135 would fly regardless of the funding situation via a continuing resolution.

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On 14 February 2011, NASA managers announced that STS-135 would fly regardless of the funding situation in Congress.

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STS-135 delivered supplies and equipment to provision the space station through 2012, following the end of NASA's Space Shuttle program.

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On STS-135, TriDAR was used to demonstrate technology for autonomous rendezvous and docking in orbit.

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STS-135 returned to Earth carrying several items of downmass payload.

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Since STS-135 only had four crew members, astronauts did not occupy the middeck.

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The four STS-135 astronauts were present to greet the workers and representatives of the media.

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The STS-135 crew was at the Kennedy Space Center to witness the last-ever rollout of a Space Shuttle.

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Atlantis's external tank for the STS-135 mission was put through a tanking test on 15 June 2011 to check the health of the tank's stringers.

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STS-135 worked to prepare items carried into orbit there for transfer to the space station.

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STS-135 told reporters, "I think this is certainly one of the better starts that we have seen".

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STS-135 crew began their day at 07:29 UTC and prepared to dock with the ISS.

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STS-135 thanked those who had supported the shuttle program and said that he was proud of all the crew members.

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STS-135 further mentioned that the latch on Atlantiss middeck locker for LiOH canisters was broken, and as a result, the entire panel had been fastened to floor with fasteners.

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STS-135 crew provided a recorded message as a tribute to Atlantis, the entire Space Shuttle Program and team.

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STS-135 crew returned the MPLM back to Atlantiss payload bay on flight day 11, closed the hatches between the Space Station and the Shuttle and prepared for next day's undocking.

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STS-135 presented a shuttle model signed by program officials and the mission's lead shuttle and station flight directors.

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