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STS-135 shuttle astronauts arrive at Kennedy Space Center for final launch practice

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Uploaded on Jun 20, 2011

The four veteran astronauts for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 mission arrived Monday evening at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for their prelaunch countdown rehearsal.

"I speak on behalf of the crew, everyone in the astronaut office, and I'm sure everybody here at KSC in saying that we are just trying to savor the moment," said STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson upon arrival. "As our children and our children's children ask us, we want to be able to say, 'We remember when there was a space shuttle.'" As crewmates Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim looked on, Ferguson also thanked the gathered media representatives for taking the message of the space program to the public.

Their T-38 jets touched down at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 5:30 p.m. EDT. The crew will participate in the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test and related training. The countdown full dress rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday morning.

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