July 13, 2011

Atlantis Crew Works On Cargo Transfers Today

NASA said the crew aboard space shuttle Atlantis' final flight woke up to a special message from Elton John on Wednesday, before starting work on cargo transfers.

"Good morning, Atlantis, this is Elton John," the British singer said in a pre-recorded message. "We wish you much success on your mission. A huge thank you to all the men and women at NASA who worked on the shuttle for the last three decades."

The message followed up Tuesday's wake up song, which was John's "Rocket Man."  This song has been played throughout the shuttle program's 30-year history for various crews.

The Atlantis crew will spend the rest of Wednesday unpacking the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module.

NASA said the crew is 26 percent through the 15,069 pounds of cargo.  The cargo includes a year's worth of food, clothes and other supplies to the International Space Station.

The last spacewalk of NASA's shuttle program ended successfully on Tuesday.  The 13-day mission will usher out the space program, after which all three shuttles will become museum displays.


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