“The shuttle is always going to be a reflection of what a great nation can do when it dares to be bold and commits to follow through. We are not ending the journey today, we are completing a chapter of a journey that will never end. You and the thousands of men and women who gave their hearts, souls and their lives for the cause of exploration have rewritten history. Let’s light this fire one more time, and witness this great nation at its best… the crew of Atlantis is ready to launch!" -STS 135 commander Christopher Ferguson, just prior to launch.