Space shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 crew members pose for a group photo on the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. From left are Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley, Commander Chris Ferguson and Mission Specialist Rex Walheim. The crew arrived at Kennedy at about 5:30 p.m. EDT to participate in a launch countdown dress rehearsal called the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) and related training in preparation for the upcoming STS-135 mission.
Targeted to lift off July 8, the Atlantis crew will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. Atlantis also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing satellites and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems. STS-135 will be the 33rd flight of Atlantis, the 37th shuttle mission to the station, and the 135th and final mission of NASA's Space Shuttle Program. For more information visit, www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett