Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on Friday, July 8, shown above. This is the shuttle program’s final flight — it’s a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. Today, spacewalkers Mike Fossum and Ron Garan completed a six-hour, 31-minute spacewalk at 3:53 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It was the 249th spacewalk by U.S. astronauts (shown below are Garan [top] and Fossum exiting the International Space Station's Quest airlock to begin their spacewalk.
Photos courtesy of NASA and NASA TV.
Jessica Mulholland served as the Web editor of Government Technology magazine from October 2012 through September 2017. She worked for the Government Technology editorial team for nearly 10 years.