When Atlantis landed today, an era came to an end. The United States has been flying the space shuttle for thirty years, and for at least as long, crews have been receiving wake-up calls from Mission Control at the beginning of each flight day. The calls often include music, dialogue, and personal messages for the crew.
Atlantis' final flight included some big names personally wishing the crew good morning ending with today's final poignant wake up call of "God Bless America."
Below is a roundup.
Flight day 9: Beyoncé Knowles' "Run the World (Girls)" followed by a message from the songstress.
Flight day 8: Sir Paul McCartney performs "Good day, Sunshine" followed by a personal message.
Flight day 7: Michael Stipe rouses the crew with personal greeting and a rendition of REM's "Man on the Moon."
Flight day 6: Elton John starts the day with a personal message and "Rocket Man."
Other wake-up calls for Atlantis' crew on her final flight can be found here.