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OV-104 (cn OV-104) At 5:57 am EDT, after 13 days and 200 orbits around earth, Space Shuttle Atlantis completes mission STS-135 thus ending America’s 30-year Space Shuttle program. Since STS-1 in 1981, 355 individuals from 16 countries flew 852 times aboard five Space Shuttles. Together, they traveled more than 542 million miles. I feel privileged to have taken part in her last two missions. Farewell Space Shuttle… [1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200]
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A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue December 13, 2011:
This is a great shot of atlantis landing !!!!!!!!!!!!!

A visitor from Italy posted Sat July 23, 2011:
Farewell...nostalgic shot

A visitor from - posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Great photo - Thank You for sharing.

Sort of captures the mood of the event - light revealing the good news of another safe return, heading into the darkness of no more shuttle launches.

We were lucky to have seen the first of the 'last' Atlantis launches, so she is 'our' shuttle.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri July 22, 2011:
You will be missed

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Thanks Ben!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Goodbye to the shuttle.

A visitor from Mexico posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Farewell to the space shuttle and thanks for all the STS missions. This shot should be a memorial to the Challenger and the Columbia shuttles and for teacher Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986). T.B.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri July 22, 2011:
THNX NASA!End of an era,the great shuttle goes to rest.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Thank you for capturing this moment in history, I have grown up all my life with the shuttle program. Upwards and onwards.

A visitor from Honduras posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Its a wonderful picture!

A visitor from Germany posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Amazing shot Ben! Would have loved to see it in action myself!
Cheers, Jens

A visitor from - posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Wow! An awesome picture to celebrate to end of a great era. Shame I never got to see a shuttle launch :(

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Great shot, that's history right there. The final page has turned on the Space Shuttle.

A visitor from - posted Fri July 22, 2011:
The last flight of this space shuttle program was the reverse step of humanity towards it's history and development. All these brave men and women who flied with these special machines cannot be compared with the future "workers" of the private companies whose interest is being profitable. Thank you

A visitor from - posted Fri July 22, 2011:
But the memory remains!

A visitor from Germany posted Fri July 22, 2011:
A big thanks to Space Shuttles Challenger, Columbia, Discovery, Endeavour, Atlantis, NASA and all the people involved for bringing a 30 year era to an successfull end!! Thank you...

A visitor from United States posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Good bye Shuttle!
Great photo to celebrate the moment

A visitor from - posted Fri July 22, 2011:
Excellent shot Ben, is sad that we will never see these beautiful machines flying again!

A visitor from Sweden posted Thu July 21, 2011:
The last landing.....

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Nice job Benjosh!! You can be proud of this one for sure..

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
The best space shuttle shot ever!!!

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Very sad pic. I felt similar feeling at the last day of the Russian space station Mir.

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Thank you Ben...well done! This is somewhat of a keepsake photo-being as there will never be another opportunity for a Space Shuttle photo shot! (At least of one in flight)

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Fading to History. Hope we have to resurrect the Phoenix for the future.

Team STS -Thanks you for your service to Humanity!. May a thousand STS be born in private hands.

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
This photo is amazing. I am glad to say I've witnessed the last 9 launches in person. This picture is truly incredible and belongs in the history books for feature generations to see what a magnifacent machine the Shuttle was.

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 21, 2011:
The end of a legend and a well deserved retirement ! I was lucky enough to witness a launch from the Cape. Thank you for so much dreams.....

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Spectacular capture of a sad but historic moment. Nicely done Ben!

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 21, 2011:
What a picture! After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history, and it

A visitor from Venezuela posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Congratulations ben!!
what a pity we won't see for a while a new space shuttle.....

fermin brif

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Stunning Ben, simply Stunning.....thank you!

Los Angeles

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Brilliant photo of a memorable moment. Farewell Space Shuttle...

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Stunning photo, amazing commentary. Very well done...very, very moving.
May we never forget those who were lost, during those 30 years.

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
You got my vote Ben, bravo man...bravo. 5* -Ron

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Stunning capture Ben. Thanks for being on hand to get this wonderful photo. - Adam Wright

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu July 21, 2011:
This one makes me sad... but thanks for the photo all the same, of course.

A visitor from Brazil posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Unbelivable shot!!

A visitor from Romania posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Historic catch! Glad to see this beautiful bird! Thanks for sharing!

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Farewell, Shuttle and Thank You from a grateful country. You will be missed.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Thanks for the priceless gloomy shot ! LAST TOUCH DOWN will be remembered

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Farewell, old friend!

And congrats for mastering night shooting techniques ;)

A visitor from New Zealand posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Great stuff, thanks for the view of the last landing.
Cheers Gavin

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Epic and historical shot!

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Farewell, space shuttles. It's been a pleasure seeing you blast off into space for the good of all of us. Have a nice, long and well-deserved rest.

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Farewell my dream...

A visitor from - posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Thanks for captureing this truly historic moment!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Thu July 21, 2011:
This Is It...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu July 21, 2011:
Sad atmosphere at the photo
5* Artyom

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu July 21, 2011:
A fitting shot to end the final flight

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