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Photo: NASA -- Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida July 8, 2011

Photo: NASA -- Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida July 8, 2011

Atlantis lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:29 a.m. EDT this morning. This is the final flight of the U.S. shuttle program. On board for the 12-day mission to the International Space Station,  Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. More on this NASA website.

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