Inside Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United Space Alliance technicians Dave Chodkowski, at left, and Gary Hamilton, close and seal space shuttle Atlantis’ crew hatch for the final time.
The orbiter is undergoing final preparations for its transfer to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor complex targeted for Nov. 2. The work is part of Transition and Retirement of the remaining shuttle. Atlantis is being prepared for public display at the visitor complex. Over the course of its 26-year career, Atlantis spent 293 days in space during 33 missions. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/transition. Photo credit: NASA/Frankie Martin