On this day in 2003 - July 8th - STS-135 Atlantis was launched, the final shuttle mission.

By the end of the final mission, Atlantis had orbited the Earth a total of 4,848 times, traveling nearly 126,000,000 mi (203,000,000 km) or more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.


Mona Evans
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