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STS-135 Space Shuttle Atlantis Up-Close I've worked on that gang plank, the final path of steel to the shuttle's Astronauts entry. Sandblasting and spraying zinc. Most memorable moments and I feel very blessed for the opportunity to do so. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to experience great things kids. Hard work and determination will never let you down.

Farewell, Atlantis (NASA, International Space Station, 07/19/11) by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Space Shuttle Program 1981-2011 | Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour

An overhead view of Atlantis as it sits atop the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) before STS-79 in 1996

We were lucky enough to see 2 successful space shuttle launches in 2010. One of them was Atlantis STS-132 on May 14.

The Beautiful Space Shuttle Blooms Inside a Cloud by Stuck in Customs on Flickr. "The launch of the space shuttle Endeavor taken on May 16, 2011."

Space Shuttle. In honor of my father, rocket scientist who never left us. Thanks for teaching us that professionally, women can achieve equality to men. He started with the Enterprise. How cool is that?

The ET (External Tank) is the largest element of the space shuttle, and when loaded, it is also the heaviest. It consists of three major components: the forward liquid oxygen (LOX) tank an unpressurized intertank that contains most of the electrical components the aft liquid hydrogen (LH2) tank; this is the largest part, but it is relatively light, due to hydrogen's very low density. Those 2 chemicals funnel out of the engine and when combined energy is released.