Atlantis' fiery final return home, as seen by the crew of the International Space Station Space Flight, Space Shuttle, Space Station Amazing Image: ISS Crew Captures Shuttle Atlantis’ Last Brilliant Trip Through the Atmosphere Article written: 21 Jul , 2011 Updated: 24 Dec , 2015 by Nancy Atkinson [/caption] Simply incredible. Atlantis on its way home taken by the Expedition 28 crew of the space station. Via the NASA_Johnson Twitpic page. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) By Nancy Atkinson - Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book "Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos." She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. Guest Post: End of an Era: Space Shuttle Program (1981 – 2011)Pan-STARRS Discovers two Super Supernovae Space Flight, Space Shuttle, Space Station, STS-135 Related posts Launching Rockets from Balloons is About to be a Thing, But We Need a Better Name than “Rockoons” Special Skinsuits Could Help Astronauts Avoid Back Pain When Their Spines Expand In Space Microbes May Help Astronauts Turn Human Waste Into Food 9 Responses Anonymous says July 21, 2011 at 6:56 PM This is awesome David Syzdek says July 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM Way cool. Torbjörn Larsson says July 21, 2011 at 11:34 PM If you catch a firefly and keep it in a jar You may find that you have lost A tiny star. If you let it go then, back into the night, You may see it once again Star bright. [Lilian Moore] Ints Kesans says July 22, 2011 at 6:50 AM I am confused. Trajectory of Atlantis seems to be a bit off the ISS flight path. Shouldn’t it look more towards ISS? Anonymous says July 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM What do you mean with off? Ints Kesans says July 25, 2011 at 6:36 AM I mean, there is very short launch window, during which station’s flight path is directly over the launch pad. Within few degrees, I guess. Once cleared the tower, shuttle performs a roll maneuver. At that point, just about 20 seconds after launch, shuttle is already in the plane of orbit and it can’t be changed much. The only thing done from here is acceleration, so perigee of that particular orbit move out of center of Earth. In that very nice picture I see, that trajectory of Atlantis is not directly towards station. Why so? Anonymous says July 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM Because it is going down, not up. Anonymous says July 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM Because it is going down, not up. Joseph Piatt says July 25, 2011 at 1:13 AM IIRC, their trajectory is rather straight-line once they hit atmosphere, so they have to begin their approach already aligned with the runway. Comments are closed.