On July 21, 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis rolled to stop at Kennedy Space Center for the very last time. If you want to relive that moment, here’s NASA’s STS-135 landing video. It’s half an hour long; skip ahead to 9 minutes to see the HUD video from the Orbiter, and the runway coming up for the night landing:
STS-135 was commanded by Chris Ferguson, who has since retired from NASA and now works for Boeing. He’s serving as program manager for the CST-100 Starliner program, and has dibs on the first CST-100 crewed flight; if he gets his way, he intends to retrieve the very same flag he left on the ISS during STS-135 five years ago.
Meanwhile, OV-104 Atlantis herself has been moved to form the centerpiece of a spectacular display at the KSC Visitor’s Center, where she is displayed with payload bay doors open, RMS reaching out across the room, as if in flight — forever.