STS-135 commander Chris Ferguson, left, looks on as fellow crew members, from left, pilot Doug Hurley, mission specialist Sandy Magnus and mission specialist Rex Walheim wave flags after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center Monday. The crew is to lift off Friday on a 12-day mission to the space station. The launch will bring an end to NASA's shuttle program.
STS-135 commander Chris Ferguson, left, looks on as fellow crew members, from left, pilot Doug Hurley, mission specialist Sandy Magnus and mission specialist Rex Walheim wave flags after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center Monday. The crew is to lift off Friday on a 12-day mission to the space station. The launch will bring an end to NASA's shuttle program. AP
STS-135 commander Chris Ferguson, left, looks on as fellow crew members, from left, pilot Doug Hurley, mission specialist Sandy Magnus and mission specialist Rex Walheim wave flags after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center Monday. The crew is to lift off Friday on a 12-day mission to the space station. The launch will bring an end to NASA's shuttle program. AP

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