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The Space Shuttle Atlantis Comes Home

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Former Astronaut Marsha Ivins talks about her emotional reaction to the new Atlantis exhibiti at the Kennedy Space Center.
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Cameras aboard the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Atlantis capture spectacular views as the shuttle performs a fly-around of the station.
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With 32 missions and more than 25 years of service, space shuttle Atlantis has carried more than 200 astronauts and flown more than 100 million miles. Having played a pivotal role in science, exploration and building the International Space Station, Atlantis is prepared to fly its last planned mission, STS-132. Its legacy spans the years from the shuttle-Mir flights, through the construction of the International Space Station, to the final servicing mission of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
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One of the most influential icons of human progress is the space shuttle. It represents the ability of human kind to wade further into the unknown frontier. Learn how it was developed in this episode of Stuff of Genius. Stuff of Genius tells the story behind everyday inventions. From the bikini to super wheat and everything in between. Viewers will learn the stories of unsung inventor heroes and their trials, tribulations and successes. Check out new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. Please subscribe to Stuff of Genius: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=HiddenGeniusShow Watch more episodes here: http://www.youtube.com/hiddengeniusshow Twitter https://twitter.com/stuffofgenius Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheHiddenGenius Google+ http://plus.google.com/u/0/111317301186502572272/
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See how Space Shuttle Atlantis performs a fly-around of the station before heading back home to Earth.
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The STS-135 crew provided a recorded message as a tribute to Atlantis, the entire Space Shuttle Program and team. In the message, Ferguson spoke about the U.S. flag displayed behind them that was flown on the first space shuttle mission, STS-1. It was flown on this mission to be presented to the space station crew and it will remain displayed aboard the station until the next crew launched from the U.S. retrieves it for return to Earth. It will fly from Earth again, with the next crew that launches from the U.S. on a journey of exploration beyond Earth orbit.
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A massive 184 foot replica orange fuel tank with twin solid boosters stands over a newly unvieled Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit just miles from where it was launched thirty-three times into orbit. With Cargo bay doors opened and on a forty-three degree slant to allow visitors to peer where only astronauts ans engineers once could, the $100 million dollar exhibition gives on lookers a near 360 viewing experience as never before. Accompaniong Space Shutttle Atlantis is a life-size model of the Hubble Telescope, mock shuttle interiors, an EVA suit and other exhibits that tell the story of NASA's Atlantis and how it helped shape space history. In attendance was NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and KSC Director Bob Cabana, both previous shuttle astronauts, and other community leaders and guests.