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Space Shuttle Atlantis

The Space Shuttle Atlantis (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV‑104) at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex in the Space Shuttle Atlantis building.

 

Atlantis was the fourth operational and the second-to-last Space Shuttle built. Its maiden flight was STS-51-J lifting off on 10/03/1985 and landing on 10/07/1985. It's, and the shuttle program's, last mission was STS-135 that lifted off on 07/08/2011 and landing at the Kennedy Space Center on 07/21/2011.

 

By the end of its final mission, Atlantis had orbited the Earth a total of 4,848 times, traveling nearly 126,000,000 mi (203,000,000 km) or more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

 

Atlantis is named after RV Atlantis, a two-masted sailing ship that operated as the primary research vessel for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution from 1930 to 1966.

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Taken on October 23, 2015