Launch of the Space Shuttle Program - STS-135 Atlantis
Photographer: Mike Lynaugh - July 7 & 8, 2011
July 8, 2011 the Space Shuttle Atlantis roared off the launch pad and
skyward towards the International Space Station for the final
time. Not only was this flight the final launch for Space
Shuttle Atlantis, this launch marked the end of the Space Shuttle
Program. NASA has begun their transition to a new heavy lift
rocket system that will take astronauts beyond low Earth orbit in the
future. NASA is hoping to begin testing their new rockets in
2016, however until that point, America's manned space program is on
hold. I was very honored to be present at the NASA press site to
record the final launch of the Space Shuttle. It was an experience I
will never forget!
I wanted to thank Mike "Bloke" Robinson and Allard Beutel
for helping me be a part of this amazing event and record history, it
is something I will never forget.