Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of STS-135, the last flight of space shuttle Atlantis, and the final space shuttle mission on July 8, 2021.
- On July 8, 2011, the last flight of space shuttle Atlantis happened from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center carrying four astronauts — Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.
- Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the final launch with veteran astronauts and nearly the full crew of “The Final Voyage” in a panel discussion that is open to all guests beginning at 2:00 pm.
- Those looking to have their question answered can use the hashtag #Atlantis10 as the astronauts will be taking questions via social media. Those in attendance can take physically distanced selfies with them following the event.
- Panelists include STS-135 astronauts Chris Ferguson, Rex Walheim, and Sandy Magnus, as well as William Shepherd (STS-27 and U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame member), Norman Thagard (STS-30 and U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame member), and Nicole Stott (the last station crew member to return to Earth via a space shuttle on STS-129).
- Space-flown Atlantis artifacts from NASA’s archives will also be unveiled for the first time on July 8.
What They’re Saying:
- Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: “We celebrated Atlantis eight years ago when we first revealed our attraction, and now, as we are once again beginning to launch crewed missions to space from Kennedy Space Center, this anniversary of Atlantis’ last flight, and the last space shuttle mission, is particularly poignant.”