One Year Ago: The Final Space Shuttle Launch

One year ago today, history was made as the world witnessed the final space shuttle launch in history.

The last launch ever of a space shuttle. Space Shuttle Atlantis, July 8, 2011.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis launched successfully for the final time on July 8 2011 at 11:29 a.m. EST.  By the end of its final mission, Atlantis had orbited the Earth 4,848 times, traveling nearly 126,000,000 miles in space or more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.

I was lucky enough to be there for the final launch.  I was also lucky enough to share it with a very special person, who died shortly after.  Scott Harris – I miss you:

Jen & Scott Harris at the final shuttle launch. He’s wearing his badge from STS-1.