Next month will bring the final space shuttle mission ever, and the vehicle that will take that last ride will be the Atlantis.
The Atlantis has taken 32 trips to space so far, and like every shuttle, stunning photographs have been part of the deal. Here are 10 of Atlantis' best.
10. Leaving that F-16 behind
9. Parked at the space station
8. Like everyone with a cel phone, taking his own picture
7. Just flying by the sun
6. Followed by cars, in case it needs a jump
5. Yeah, out my window? THE SPACE STATION
4. Night landing
3. Two guys moving some stuff
2. A Soyuz and a shuttle, chillin
1. Fare thee well, Atlantis
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