Three years ago today: the last Shuttle launch

STS-135 blasted off on July 8, 2011, three years ago today, after a short hold at T -31 seconds due to an issue getting the gaseous oxygen vent hood (the “beanie cap”) to retract all the way, causing the automatic sequencer to call a hold.  After establishing that it was indeed adequately retracted (and, alas, destined never to be used again anyway), they overrode that and resumed the countdown, and Atlantis blasted off into history for the last Space Shuttle mission.

I really miss hearing that “foomph” of main engine start in new launch videos…..

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