The Shuttle’s Last Flight | An End. A New Beginning.

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Ten years ago, the last shuttle mission (STS-135) dropped out of the predawn darkness and landed at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility Runway 15 for the final time.

Over the course of the more than eight days, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim had spent much of their time delivering a stockpile of supplies and parts to the space station. 

The end of their mission aboard Atlantis may have been the end of the shuttle era, but it was the beginning a new stage of exploration.

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0:00 – Intro
0:24 Preparing to launch
2:48 Launch delay
3:34 Launch
4:01 Arrive at the International Space Station
5:51 Returning Home
7:04 Landing
8:51 New Beginnings

  1. Space x astronaut

    I loved the SS and I’m sad to see it go 😔 but I know nasa space x and blue origin are going to vary the flag for this ship

  2. Lexus Driver

    The space shuttle was an amazing reusable space vehicle. Five Space Shuttles: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavor. Unfortunately during the program they lost two Space Shuttles but on the bright side we still have Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavor along with Enterprise as these orbiters are still here with us today in museums.

  3. F1ashhay

    I can’t wait to see all of this in my life time, like humans make a base on the Moon and maybe, live on Mars. Then after years and years, go farther and farther in the Universe.

  4. F1ashhay

    I was soo happy to see Chris Hatfield on the ISS.

  5. Naytan H

    Me and my brother watched the last shuttle flight, still remember it like it was yesterday

  6. Alex Szabó

    hello nasa ive always enjoyed watching space footage i think you’re doing well nowdays cant wait for sls :)

  7. The Static Shock Aka Stat

    Man Our planet is the most Beautifuliest thing in the Universe I Love our Planet so Much

  8. random vids

    This are the things that made real men cry😭😭

  9. One Nation Under God

    Sure wish we a vehicle as capable as the shuttle right now so we could service Hubble!

  10. Robert Cortez

    Amazing Doug Hurley on the last shuttle mission and then was a first for a crewed mission Dragon for space x.

  11. pawsryanTV

    This was a vital stepping stone to the future of humanity and space flight

  12. BOBON TV

    Berarti ulak alik udh gk d pake ya?

  13. Titi

    wonderful adventure thank you for making us dream


    يااالها من رحله 🙂

  15. Sam Ruben Immanuel

    End of an era 😭

  16. Jh J

    우주로 나가자!!! 모험을 떠나자!!!
    나사에서 연구하고 싶다.🤩🤩🤩

  17. Bern Alfie Saysip

    Oh this got me emotional.

  18. John E

    It is weird. Going from the Space Shuttle and then to take a couple of steps backwards the way to go to space.

  19. Biswajit Das

    Lots of love from India❤️

  20. Kyle Elliott

    I love that they so conveniently left out SpaceX.


    I fell in love with the shuttle and the white plane the very first day I saw it in a book called children’s encyclopedia

  22. Inazarab

    Really hope we get another space plane someday

  23. Jim O Brien Tech

    Stunning video and music. Any video of the ignitions? Like in this one but longer

  24. T Von

    Cannot wait until the next time we go to the moon, the camera equipment we have now compared to the last time we went is incredible the videos will be like no other

  25. Álvaro Guzmán

    Absolutely awesome but at the same time I´m missing some SpaceX images, where are them?

  26. Mr Slim 1959

    Since we retired the shuttle fleet we are going backwards,so sad.

  27. Funny Dose

    No words for this video , awesome video by Nasa .love it 😍

  28. Pepe

    God bless the USA!

  29. Salem Aflaton

    I need Arabic translation
    I love NASA💜

  30. Suddhojit Gon

    Your heart becomes heavy after watching this video. It literally brings tears to your eyes.Such an an incredible part this space shuttle programme occupies in recorded history. Thank you so much NASA.
    An outstanding achievement for humankind in the field of space exploration. Love and respect from Calcutta, India.🇮🇳

  31. Benoît Cocheteux

    Thank you, NASA.

  32. Iasmim Zimmermnn

    my God. What a beautiful thing ❤️

  33. Jason Bartlett

    I grew up watching the shuttle missions on NASA TV absolutely an amazing space craft. The one day I was late to work was because I wanted to watch Atlantis make her final landing. I miss the shuttle.

  34. jahra tonni

    I am student . I have a dream I want to be a Astronaut . Love from Bangladesh . Good luck NASA.

  35. nigh

    It’s really cool that Doug Hurley took part in both the final shuttle mission and then many years later in the first crewed US space mission after it aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour.

  36. Gábor Tóth

    I’ll never forget how much the Space Shuttle programme inspired me as a child and what a crucial role it played in piquing my interest towards astronomy and space exploration. It’s been magical. I can’t wait to see where we go next.

  37. Nithin CR

    Really miss the
    *Space Shuttle Program!* ❤️

  38. Meher Baba is God in huma


  39. Γιώργος Μπαμπζελης

    One of the best spaceship ever built by humans….

  40. VON

    This decade is gonna be so exciting for space!

  41. Anjali Paul

    NASA is great 🚀
    : NASA lover ♥️

  42. Alsabith. P. S

    We need pumpkin suits to be used the on starliner and dragon

  43. Alsabith. P. S

    This made me cry too, it was in the fall of 2018 i knew that the shuttle retired. I was’nt able to handle that fact. The shuttle was actually a engineering masterpiece.luckily we have SLS taking shape. The shuttle for the moon

  44. Ruthless

    I remember watching this lauch live with my father as a kid.

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  46. A scientist's journey

    This is the type of documentary we need😊. I grew up listening to and watching the space shuttle and it’s just sad for me to know how it came to an end. 🥺But I am excited for NASA bringing up the private space players to the centre stage.

  47. Paige Matthiessen

    Idk why I’m emotional right now

  48. Rage Boy

    this what a very emotional video

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  51. ravindra prasath

    I ❤️ nasa

  52. Darthmoll12

    *raises glass* Here’s to honoring the Shuttle.

    And here’s to new beginnings, folks.

  53. Aremisalive

    Why am I tearing up? I miss the shuttle so much.

  54. vasu deva

    I would literally fly to space if I get a chance from nasa

  55. MLGPure

    Seeing Space Shuttle Atlantis on Display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex really is breath taking. I miss the Shuttle era but I also look forward to the future of space exploration.

  56. B Ndahi

    A one of a kind machine, that increased my interest in spaceflight , and helped inspire me to become a pilot

  57. holyhandgrenadeo

    When I was a kid, a space shuttle on a plane flew over my school. Watching this video made me go down to the picture board in the kitchen to look at that photo.

  58. Ryan S

    Such a legendary vehicle. It’s awesome to see how far we come in that 10 year time frame. We love you Nasa.

  59. Anke Wallace

    Watching this brings hope back to my ❤.
    Thank you!!!

  60. angeloplus4

    i got goosebumps watching this. i miss the spaceshuttle, but its cool the US now has crew dragon and boeing starliner

  61. captain Tresten

    Atlantis: Hey son
    Dream chaser : hey dad

  62. ashtonsethreimer

    The ULA plug at the end as the “New Beginning” is a bit strange. I wish them luck, but ULA doesn’t feel like a new beginning, rather more of the same old way of doing things.

  63. SwissScouter

    Thanks Nasa for this short documentary of this amazing part of our history. The next Starship is coming but you laid the ground for the next genaration.

  64. Jeffrey Tibesar

    Thanks to all we lost during the shuttle program

  65. SteverRob

    I supported SSME testing from 1996 until the mission ended. Now supporting Artemis/SLS

  66. SteverRob

    Fred Haise flew and landed the first shuttle, _Enterprise_ dead stick.

  67. Gaurav Tyagi

    The right moment increasing .

  68. Jeff Lowey

    I miss the shuttles. Looking forward to SpaceX’s Starship. That will be the next big revolution in space.

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  70. Sarah S.

    I remember watching and tearing up. I grew up in FL and I remember those sonic booms as the shuttles were coming home. It was truly beautiful to see the shuttle night launches as a kid. Forever grateful to see the shuttles. I look forward to bringing my kids to see Artemis Launches and off to the Moon!

  71. xIconikkxGaming

    Fantastic, I’m only 23 and hope to see a lot of progress in the future!

  72. CC Q

    I remember following Endeavor as it made its way through the streets of Los Angeles and every couple of years, would go to visit it at the museum. Now, thanks to SpaceX in particular, my interest in space has be renewed. I really want to go to the moon and see Earth from there.

  73. Bri Nicole

    Though I loved growing up in the 80’s, I do wish I had been alive for the very beginning. What an incredibly exciting time for everyone.

  74. Melon_Coaster

    Thanks to all the people working on it. It was and is a great inspiration for a lot of people around the globe. It was at least the thing, which started my interest into spaceflight. And if everything is going well I will start to study aerospace engineering this year! So thanks Nasa for being a inspiration even for the people not from Amerika like me.

  75. Larry Whittington

    Well Glory we are doing the other things today we’re actually accomplishing small to great in the boundaries of safety On into deep space exploration.
    💫🌎 🇺🇸

  76. ToasterNova

    An incredible finale to an incredible spacecraft.
    Such ingenuity for its time is what inspired me into aiming for the space industry as a kid.

  77. BigDukeX

    Hard now to realize that this program spanned 30 plus years… and concluded 10 years ago.

  78. Lil Yaro

    Beautiful. I remember watching the last Endeavor launch (STS-134) in school when I was younger and that’s one of the things that inspired me to become an astronaut in the future.

  79. Michael Harrison

    Doug Hurley might sound familiar to some….he also flew on the first US manned launch after STS-135 on Crew Dragon.

  80. Brandon E.

    While beyond expensive, the Shuttle program did two things right. Build the ISS and launch the Hubble / fix… Other than that it was a waste of money.

    Just like NASA is wasting money on Boeing…

  81. Dahlia O

    When I’m older o hope to one day work at NASA

  82. Eleanor Turner

    I’d love to go to space. Just to view Earth from an outside perspective would be incredible

  83. IHateEveryjuan

    That is amazing ❤️

  84. Lauren Horse Girl

    I’m excited for what is coming in the future but also sad that the space shuttle’s had to end! Keep on exploring, NASA!

  85. Henry Solstice half b day

    7:00 Great food for thought.

  86. David Archer

    This nearly made me cry, the beautiful ship made the base of all the people in America come together and make more things happen so thank you nasa for all and we all will miss the space shuttle

  87. KaKaxFireFino

    I remember watching this in class it’s what got me into space

  88. J.D.P22 Japan

    NASA is dope to the max

  89. Gandhi 23

    I want to be an astronaut and I know that one day I will achieve it😍🚀

  90. Weliton P.D.S

    O sonho sendo realizado superando seus próprios limites

  91. Logan Adamsen

    I was born after the shuttle but I still love to learn about it.

  92. Jacky boi

    The shuttle was truly revolutionary in term of engineering and was a big part of the construction of the ISS

  93. NeutralBird2501

    The Best Times are gone… but The New Times are coming!

  94. Dylan Lacy

    This is awesome, that chapter of space travel history was really magical.

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