For one last time, the Space Shuttle Atlantis made a long, steep turn, lined up with the runway and landed in the half-light before dawn at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The last landing of a Space Shuttle ever. The End of an Era. After serving the world for 30 years, the space shuttle has found its place in history. The ship came to rest at 5:58 a.m. EDT, after a flight of 12 days, 18 hours, 28 minutes and 55 seconds. And that was that. After 135 flights in 30 years, the space shuttles are now history. NASA said before landing that with Atlantis’ flight over, the five shuttle orbiters would together have traveled 537,114,016 miles in orbit. Three hundred and thirty-five astronauts have flown on them; 14 died when the shuttles Columbia and Challenger were lost. Atlantis alone made 33 flights, carried 191 space fliers, spent 307 days in orbit, circled Earth 4,848 times and put 125,935,769 miles on its odometer.

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 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, restrained on the end of the space station remote manipulator system or Canadarm2, takes a picture in front of the space shuttle Atlantis during the final spacewalk of a shuttle mission in this photo provided by NASA and taken July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Spacewalker Ron Garan rides on the International Space Station's robotic arm with the Earth as a backdrop as he transfers a failed pump module to the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis during the final spacewalk, during a shuttle mission in this photo provided by NASA and taken July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

The sun shines above the Earth's horizon with the International Space Station in the foreground in this photo taken by spacewalker Ron Garan during the final spacewalk while a shuttle is docked to the station in this photo provided by NASA and taken July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Flight engineer Mike Fossum works outside the International Space Station during the last spacewalk conducted with a space shuttle docked to the station in this photo provided by NASA and taken July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson (C) presents a U.S. flag and a space shuttle model during a farewell ceremony on the International Space Station in this July 18, 2011 handout photo by NASA. The Atlantis, the last U.S. space shuttle, departed the International Space Station on Tuesday, ending a 12-year program to build and service the orbital outpost, the primary legacy of NASA's shuttle fleet. From L-R: Satoshi Furukawa, Doug Hurley, Mike Fossum, Ron Garan, Ferguson, Alexander Samokutyaev, Andrey Borisenko and Sergei Volkov. Picture taken July 18, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis is pictured while still docked with the International Space Station in this July 18, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis is pictured while still docked with the International Space Station in this view through a window of the station's cupola in this July 18, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis crew leaves behind a special U.S. flag mounted on the hatch of the Harmony module of the International Space Station in this July 18, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

International Space Station is pictured through a window of space shuttle Atlantis during a fly-around as the shuttle departed the station in this July 19, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. The space shuttle Atlantis glided home through a moonlit sky for its final landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, completing a 30-year odyssey for NASA's shuttle fleet. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. The space shuttle Atlantis glided home through a moonlit sky for its final landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, completing a 30-year odyssey for NASA's shuttle fleet. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pool

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pool

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Don Preisler

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana (2nd-R) gives a hug to a space shuttle worker at a safety meeting before the space shuttle Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. The mission to the International Space Station completes the last mission in the Space Shuttle Program. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Kennedy Space Center firefighters hug at a safety meeting before the space shuttle Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (L) shares a laugh with Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana at a meeting before space shuttle Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

The crew of space shuttle Atlantis stands at left as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (R) speaks after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. The 12-day mission to the International Space Station completes the last mission in the Space Shuttle Program. From left are Mission Specialist Rex Waldheim, Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Commander Chris Ferguson. REUTERS/Scott Audette

 Last landing of a Space Shuttle ever

Space shuttle Atlantis crewmembers (L-R) Mission Specialist Rex Waldheim, Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Commander Chris Ferguson stand together with firefighters after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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