Space Shuttle Discovery Docks with the International Space Station

The Space Shuttle Atlantis successfully completed docking procedures just moments ago on what will be the final US Space Shuttle mission. 30 years of shuttle missions and now the era has come to an end. Check out the ISS Timeline for today http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/568165​main_071011_tl.pdf. The International Space Station is receiving STS-135 in order to restock its supplies. The Shuttle Atlantis is carrying a light crew of 4 (compared to the normal 6~7) in effort to save space for cargo. The shuttle carries over 4 tons of cargo which will be offloaded to the ISS. This includes enough supplies, food and clothing for the ISS crew of 6 to last them one full year. Just adds to the list of things I never got to do in my life, witness a space shuttle launch. Oh well, Godspeed Atlantis!

Check out the video from Mission Control during the Shuttle Docking
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvRmkfOstqM[/youtube]

This video is also pretty cool of the Atlantis Shuttle during the final Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver (RPM) so the ISS can photograph the belly of the shuttle to inspect the heat resistant tiles. Enjoy
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd5kLMNAyek[/youtube]

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