Final Shuttle Crew Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

From left-to-right: Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. – The crew of the final space shuttle mission ever touched down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Arriving in their iconic T-38 Talon jets the four person crew that will ride shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station on mission STS-135 came out and in the spirit of the day waving little American flags. 

Atlantis is currently slated to lift off from Launch Complex 39A at 11:26 a.m. EDT. Ordinarily a single sparsely-populated bus takes a few journalists out to the Shuttle Landing Facility when the crew arrives, this was not the cast this time however. Two buses filled with journalists went to greet the crew as they touched down. 

Commander Chris Ferguson steps down from his T-38 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

The crew of STS-135 is comprised of Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. This flight is a resupply mission to the orbiting laboratory and is scheduled to last 12 days. The crew wished those that would watch the flight well and to enjoy themselves. 

“…enjoy some barbecue, some fireworks and some apple pie!” Ferguson said.

In honor of the 4th of July holiday, the crew of STS-135 all were holding little American flags. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

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