Landing: Thursday 5:57 a.m. EDT July 21, 2011
Cupola’s View of Earth
NASA – When asked by a reporter if she noticed a difference in the International Space Station on her current visit with the Atlantis STS-135 crew, versus an earlier lengthy visit, STS-135 Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus mentioned the cupola’s addition, which was not on the station during her earlier stay there.
This photo showing Magnus, a NASA astronaut with the Space Shuttle Program’s final flight, taking advantage of the zero gravity of space and the panoramic view provided by the multi-windowed Cupola on flight day 9 of the STS-135 mission. July 16, 2011
Aurora Australis From Space
This image is of Atlantis and its Orbital Boom Sensor System robot arm extension backdropped against Earth’s horizon and a greenish phenomenon associated with Aurora Australis. One of the station’s solar array panels appears at upper left. Because of the exposure time needed for this type of photography, some of the stars in the background are blurred.
Cargo Transferred – Check!
On flight day 10 with transfer chores wrapped up, STS-135 Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus is pictured on the middeck of Atlantis less than 24 hours before the shuttle undocked from the International Space Station. July 17, 2011
The photo serves as the “after” shot following a great amount of work by joint crews from Atlantis and the International Space Station to transfer supplies to and from the two spacecraft. July 17, 2011
Inside the Zvezda service module on the International Space Station, space shuttle Atlantis and station crew members take a break from an extremely busy work agenda for photos and a social period.
The STS-135 crew consists of Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim; the Expedition 28 or station crew members are JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, NASA astronauts Ron Garan and Mike Fossum, and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev and Sergei Volkov. July 16, 2011
Old Glory in Orbit
The crews of STS-135 and Expedition 28 float on the International Space Station with a U.S. flag that was flown on the first space shuttle mission, STS-1, in 1981. The flag returned to orbit on this mission to be presented to the space station crew. It will remain onboard until the next crew launched from the U.S. retrieves it for return to Earth. It will then fly from Earth again, with the crew that launches from the U.S. on a journey of exploration beyond Earth orbit.
The STS-135 crew consists of NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson, Doug Hurley, Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim; the Expedition 28 crew members are JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, NASA astronauts Ron Garan and Mike Fossum, and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev and Sergei Volkov. Shuttle and station commanders Ferguson and Borisenko are in the 12 o’clock and six o’clock positions, respectively, on the circle. July 15, 2011