Atlantis is centered over elements of the NASA emblem depicting how the space shuttle has been at the heart of NASA for the last 30 years. It also pays tribute to the entire NASA and contractor team that made possible all the incredible accomplishments of the space shuttle.
Omega, the last letter in the Greek alphabet, recognizes this mission as the last flight of the Space Shuttle Program.
A train delivers the last space shuttle solid rocket booster segments to the Jay Jay Rail Yard in Titusville, Fla. Six Florida East Coast Railway cars transported the segments on their cross-county journey from the ATK solid rocket booster plant in Promontory, Utah.
NASA senior managers and astronaut Mike Massimino hopped aboard the train in Jacksonville, Fla., for the final leg of the trip. Next, the NASA Railroad train will drive the segments over the Indian River and onto NASA Kennedy Space Center property.
The booster segments will be used for shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission.
Tugboats move NASA’s Pegasus barge, carrying External Tank-138, through the Banana River toward the turn basin at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the background is Kennedy’s oceanside Launch Pad 39A.
ET-138, the last newly manufactured tank, was originally designated to fly on Endeavour’s STS-134 mission to the International Space Station, but later reassigned to fly on space shuttle Atlantis’ final mission, STS-135. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller