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    Posted July 21, 2011 by
    Kennedy Space Center, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The final shuttle

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    STS-135 Space Shuttle Atlantis is Home


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     kimbevk shot this photo outside of the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) in Kennedy Space Center. The OPF is a special hangar where the shuttle is inspected and tested after landing.

    kimbevk comments, 'Today there was a lot of excitement for the return from space of the Space Shuttle the atmosphere was electric with excitement yet very sad knowing this was the final time a Space Shuttle will land ending 30yrs of spaceflight. There were a lot of tears as people said goodbye to 1 another as people will be laid off tomorrow.'
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    This photo was taken in front of the Orbiter Processing Facility where the Space Shuttle Atlantis was towed in front of shortly after returning this morning from the International Space Station allowing the best launch team in the world to celebrate the remarkable history of the Space Shuttle program.


    This marks the end of the United States Manned Space Program and NASA's 30yr Space Shuttle Program. The Atlantis will be decommisioned shortly and become the centerpiece of a $100 million exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center where she will continue to inspire the youth of today to become the space explorers of tomorrow.


    Sister ships Endeavour and Discovery have been decommisioned and are being prepped for museums in Los Angeles and the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

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