21/07/2011 04:42 BST | Updated 19/09/2011 06:12 BST

LIVE: Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands For Final Time Ending Era For NASA

Space Shuttle Atlantis is preparing to land for the final time, ending NASA's 30-year shuttle programme.

The orbiter is scheduled to land just before 11 AM BST at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

After completing its 13-day mission to the International Space Station the shuttle will be retired.

NASA has resisted calls to schedule the landing for later in the day to provide a better view for the thousands of spectators expected to try and witness the final stages of the descent.

Follow the landing live, via NASA TV and Ustream.