07.08.11 - The Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 is currently scheduled to launch at approximately 8:26 a.m. PDT on July 8, 2011. Members of the public are invited to the NASA Ames Conference Center to view the live, televised launch and to commemorate the end of the space shuttle program. Admission is free, but registration is required to obtain a ticket into the event. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m.
The final, historic lift-off of Atlantis will be televised live on a large screen in the ballroom of the NASA Ames Conference Center (building 3). The STS-135 mission will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station.
Admission into the event is free, but seating is limited. Visitors must register and get a ticketfor each member of their party to enter the event.
Entry at the main gate for NASA and the Conference Center requires a government issued picture identification along with the ticket for the event. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult with a government issued picture identification.
7:30 a.m. Doors open – ticket required for admission
8:26 a.m. STS-135 Shuttle launch
Launches are subject to change. For more information about the STS-135 mission, including up-to-date launch information, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html.
In the event of a launch delay, re-registration for the next launch date will be required.
When & Where
NASA's Ames Research Center
NASA's Ames Research Center, located at Moffett Field, California, was founded Dec. 20, 1939, as an aircraft research laboratory by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and in 1958 it became part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Ames, one of 10 NASA field installations, is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley at the core of the research cluster of high-tech companies, universities and laboratories that define the region's character. With over $3 billion in capital equipment, 2,300 research personnel and a $600 million annual budget, Ames' economic impact is significant. Ames plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of America's space and aeronautics programs.
As a leader in information technology research with a focus on supercomputing, networking and intelligent systems, Ames conducts the critical R&D and develops the enabling technologies that make NASA missions possible. Ames also is a leader in nanotechnology, fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace and thermal protection systems, and human factors research. Ames research in astrobiology focuses on the effects of gravity on living things, and the nature and distribution of stars, planets and life in the universe.
In addition, Ames works collaboratively with the FAA, conducting research in air traffic management to make safer, cheaper and more efficient air travel a reality. Ames engages in information and education outreach, forms collaborative partnerships, and fosters commercial application of NASA technologies. Ames is developing NASA Research Park, an integrated, dynamic research and education community created to cultivate diverse partnerships with academia, industry and non-profit organizations in support of NASA's mission.