Mission To ISS Continues For NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight


In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space... News PhotoHorizontal,Image,International Space Station,Material,NASA,Photography,Planning,Repairing,Science and Technology,Scientific Exploration,Space,Space Exploration,Space Mission,Space Shuttle,Space Shuttle Atlantis,Space Suit,Spacewalk,Spare Part,TravelPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2011 NASAIN SPACE - JULY 12: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Materials on International Space Station Experiment - 8 (MISSE-8) photographed during a planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk July 12, 2011 in space. The experiment package is a test bed for materials and computing elements attached to the outside of the orbiting complex. These materials and computing elements are being evaluated for the effects of atomic oxygen, ultraviolet, direct sunlight, radiation, and extremes of heat and cold. This experiment allows the development and testing of new materials and computing elements that can better withstand the rigors of space environments. Results will provide a better understanding of the durability of various materials and computing elements when they are exposed to the space environment, with applications in the design of future spacecraft. Space shuttle Atlantis has embarked on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This was the final mission of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)