Aviation Photo #1775579 Rockwell Space Shuttle - NASA

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"Atlantis" on her "final" trek home after "safing" which is an extensive process involving taking the astros out and capturing any toxic and/or flammable gases/liquids such as hydrogen and hydrazine. The umbilical cords in the back provide power and other support to keep the systems onboard running until she can be connected to ground power inside the OPF#2. In the months since this picture was taken, NASA budget and Congress authorized one last mission for her. So the fat lady has not sung for "Atlantis'
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    NASA
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell
    OV-104
    OV-104
    Titusville - NASA Shuttle Landing Facility
    Florida
    USA
    May 26, 2010
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