NASA’s Atlantis is on approach to the Internation Space Station (ISS) as the shuttle prepares to dock for the last ever time on Sunday (at 11:07 EDT (15:07 GMT/16:07 BST).
The shuttle is performing a “back-flip” manoeuvre so ISS astronauts can take high resolution digital camera stills of the shuttle’s thermal protection heat shields. This will enable technicians on the ground to determine if any damage was caused during launch.
Docking may not be covered live on NASA TV, but the hatch opening is scheduled at 13:19 EDT (17:19 GMT/18:19 BST), although it could be earlier. It all looks to be happening so slowly, but remember the ISS and Atlantis are currently travelling at around 17,500mph! What a beautiful sight, the last time we’ll ever see this live.
You can also watch the last ever shuttle “spacewalk” live on 12th July starting around 09:10 EDT (13:10 GMT/14:10 BST), using the above player or…
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You can view the full STS-135 NASA TV shedule here