Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis reached its final destination on Friday – ‘Spaceport USA’ – following a 10 mile trek from the Vertical Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Bittersweet to see these marvels of flight and engineering de-commissioned and retired.  Countless memories echo through this spaceship…and the hope of even greater wonders to come… 

Thank you, NASA for inspiring a generation of dreamers.  

Thank you to everyone that ever worked on, in, and around these incredible machines.  Blastoff like a rocket?  Orbit the Earth like a Spaceship?  Land like a glider?  That’s pretty crazy…pretty bold…pretty audacious!  Thank you for making it happen in our lifetime, right before our eyes.

The dreams that we dare to dream really do come true…  

Well done, Atlantis…well done…

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis reached its final destination on Friday – ‘Spaceport USA’ – following a 10 mile trek from the Vertical Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Bittersweet to see these marvels of flight and engineering de-commissioned and retired. Countless memories echo through this spaceship…and the hope of even greater wonders to come…

Thank you, NASA for inspiring a generation of dreamers.

Thank you to everyone that ever worked on, in, and around these incredible machines. Blastoff like a rocket? Orbit the Earth like a Spaceship? Land like a glider? That’s pretty crazy…pretty bold…pretty audacious! Thank you for making it happen in our lifetime, right before our eyes.

The dreams that we dare to dream really do come true…

Well done, Atlantis…well done…

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lindaleigh 1335 days ago

Amazing Shot! TY for sharing!

exezay 1354 days ago

waww..... that's great!!

albakutschker 1355 days ago

I remember one of his last trips was 5 abrl 2010, the first time I saw a takeoff qe, was a real oasis one for me. Thank you.

PC0101 1355 days ago

Marvelous vehicles. Space exploration will continue with other spacecraft. Not so impressive after landing.

Magica_D 1355 days ago

It's a pity. 80s, 90s, 2000s - an amazing time in space exploration.

HimeIshida 1355 days ago

Yes, it's bittersweet. I was born in the shuttle era and to me space has been associated with shuttles for a long time.

Rafabionick 1355 days ago

perfect LOL