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Space Shuttle Atlantis

In this handout image provided by NASA, the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean silhouetting space shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters. (credit: NASA via Getty Images)

Shuttle’s Last Hookup: Hugs, Kisses And Emotion

As the miles melted between Atlantis and the International Space Station, the emotions grew — in orbit and on the ground.

07/10/2011

Space shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39A July 5, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as preparations are made for the July 8 launch of STS-135, the final flight of the shuttle program. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Former N. Texas Astronaut To Attend Final Atlantis Launch

A former astronaut from North Texas has been invited to attend the final launch of the historic space shuttle Atlantis at the end of the week.

07/05/2011