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Video description: Space shuttle Atlantis lands for the final time at Kennedy Space Center.


ANNOUNCER: The pre-flare maneuver executed. Landing gear down and locked. Main gear touchdown. Now deploying drag chute. Ferguson rotating the nose gear down to the deck. Nose gear touchdown.

Having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time, its voyage at an end.

ASTRONAUT VOICE: Mission complete Houston. After serving the world for over 30 years the space shuttle has found its place in history and has come to a final stop.

MISSION CONTROL: We copy your will stop and we’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate you, Atlantis as well of the thousands of passionate individual across this great space-faring nation who truly empowered this incredible space craft, which for three decades has inspired millions around the globe. Job well done, America.

ASTRONAUT VOICE: Hey thanks. Great work. Great words. The space shuttle has changed the way we view our world and the way we view our universe. It’s a lot of emotion today, but one thing is indisputable, America is not going to stop exploring. Thank you Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavor and our ship, Atlantis. Thank you for protecting us and bringing this program to such a fitting end. God Bless all of you. God Bless the United States of America.

MISSION CONTROL: Inspiring comments Atlantis. We’ll meet you on 5-3.

ASTRONAUT VOICE: We’ll see you there.

Video by NASA