Final Shuttle Launch – July 8, 2011 – 11:26AM EST

Space Shuttle Atlantis’s final launch is currently scheduled for Friday, July 8, at 11:26am EST.

You can watch the very last shuttle launch live! OMSI will show the lift-off live via satellite on NASA TV in the planetarium beginning at 7:00 a.m. PDT on Friday, July 8, with the shuttle’s launch scheduled at 8:26 a.m. PDT. Admission to the televised launch is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. (The museum will be closed, but the planetarium will be open for the launch viewing.)

Space shuttle Atlantis’ 12-day mission to the International Space Station will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies and spare parts to sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired. The mission also will fly the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM), an experiment designed to demonstrate and test the tools, technologies and techniques needed to robotically refuel satellites in space, even satellites not designed to be serviced. The crew also will return an ammonia pump that recently failed on the station. Engineers want to understand why the pump failed and improve designs for future spacecraft.

This is the final flight for shuttle Atlantis and the Space Shuttle Program. NASA’s workhorses for the past 30 years have completed their mission to build and supply the orbiting outpost, and the agency is now looking to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit. STS-135 is the 135th and final shuttle mission and the 33rd flight of Atlantis.

For more information about the STS-135 mission, including images and interviews with the crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html

For directions to OMSI in Portland, OR, visit: http://www.omsi.edu/

You can also watch the shuttle launch live online at NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

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