Space Shuttle Atlantis

American Space Shuttle orbiter

Space Shuttle Atlantis (OV-104) is the fourth space shuttle run by NASA. It was named after a sailing boat used for ocean research by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.[2]

Atlantis launching on the STS-122 mission to dock with the International Space Station in February 2008
OV designationOV-104
CountryUnited States
Contract award29 January 1979
Named afterRV Atlantis
StatusRetired. Displayed at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
First flightSTS-51-J
3–7 October 1985
Last flightSTS-135
8–21 July 2011
No. of missions33
Crew members207[1]
Time spent in space306 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes, 43 seconds as of STS-135
No. of orbits4,848
Distance travelled125,935,769 miles (202,673,974 km) as of STS-135
Satellites deployed14
Mir dockings7
ISS dockings12


  1. Gebhardt, Chris (31 December 2011). "Year in Review – Part 4: Saying Goodbye to Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour". Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. "Space Today Online - Space Shuttle Stories". Retrieved 19 November 2010.