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Final Flight: The Last Space Shuttle Rockets Into Space

Space shuttle Atlantis rocketing into space for its last time from Kennedy Space Center at 11:26 a.m. ET Friday morning, marking the final launch after 30 years for NASA's storied fleet of shuttles.

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July 8: Set for take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., the space shuttle Atlantis is the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA.

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July 8: After a short delay while engineers confirmed that a vent arm was fully retracted, the space shuttle Atlantis begins take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. 

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July 8: Up, up and away! The space shuttle Atlantis executes a flawless liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. 

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July 8: Atlantis, the final space shuttle launch for NASA, will spend 12 days in Earth orbit in its mission to re-supply the International Space Station.

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July 8: The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off for the very last time.

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July 8: The space shuttle Atlantis rockets towards space through dark clouds.  Fears of bad weather had threatened to scuttle the mission.

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July 8: View from the space shuttle Atlantis as it lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. 

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July 8: View from space shuttle Atlantis as it enters space. 

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July 8: View from the space shuttle Atlantis as it takes its final trip into space.

Final Flight: The Last Space Shuttle Rockets Into Space

Space shuttle Atlantis rocketing into space for its last time from Kennedy Space Center at 11:26 a.m. ET Friday morning, marking the final launch after 30 years for NASA's storied fleet of shuttles.

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