Many tourists are going to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. to view the launch of STS-135, the final voyage in NASA’s space shuttle program.
Atlantis is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 8, at 11:26 a.m. EDT. Approximately 750,000 spectators are expected to view the final launch of the space shuttle.
During the 12-day mission Atlantis will deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts as well as deliver a Goddard payload to station. The Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) module will be positioned on the International Space Station. This joint effort with the Canadian Space Agency will investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing satellites in orbit.
The Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) Projects Division at Goddard has played a critical role in every shuttle mission providing tracking, data and voice communications.