The end of the shuttle era came on Thursday, July 21 at 5:57:54 a.m. when Atlantis came to a full stop on the runway at the Kennedy Space Center. The amazing image below is a fitting finish to an amazing program, regardless of any arguments about traveling to low Earth orbit versus going to the Moon or Mars.
Here’s a link to a larger image.
Some statistics for Atlantis: It has traveled 125,935,769 miles while it orbited the Earth 4848 times and spent a total of 307 days in space. It’s good to have all the shuttles back safely on the ground.
On a Orbital Maneuvers related note: I’ve put up a video promo for the book on YouTube.
Till next time,