Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch

Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
Crew Of The Space Shuttle Atlantis Walk
Crew of the space shuttle Atlantis walk out before heading to the launch pad July 8, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in advance of the 11:26 a.m. (EDT) launch of STS-135, the final flight of the shuttle program. Leading the crew is commander Chris Ferguson (R, front), pilot Doug Hurley (L, front), followed by mission specialists Sandy Magnus (L, rear) and Rex Walheim (R, rear). Atlantis is poised to blaze a path into history Friday when it propels toward the heavens on the last-ever mission of the 30-year-old American space shuttle program.
(Photo credit by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
Crew Of The Space Shuttle Atlantis Walk
Crew of the space shuttle Atlantis walk out before heading to the launch pad July 8, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in advance of the 11:26 a.m. (EDT) launch of STS-135, the final flight of the shuttle program. Leading the crew is commander Chris Ferguson (R), pilot Doug Hurley (2nd R), followed by mission specialists Rex Walheim (2nd R) and Sandy Magnus (L). Atlantis is poised to blaze a path into history Friday when it propels toward the heavens on the last-ever mission of the 30-year-old American space shuttle program.
(Photo credit by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
Crew Of The Space Shuttle Atlantis Walk
Crew of the space shuttle Atlantis walk out before heading to the launch pad July 8, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in advance of the 11:26 a.m. (EDT) launch of STS-135, the final flight of the shuttle program. Leading the crew is commander Chris Ferguson (R, front), pilot Doug Hurley (L, front), followed by mission specialists Sandy Magnus (L, rear) and Rex Walheim (R, rear). Atlantis is poised to blaze a path into history Friday when it propels toward the heavens on the last-ever mission of the 30-year-old American space shuttle program.
(Photo credit by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
Crew Of The Space Shuttle Atlantis Walk
Crew of the space shuttle Atlantis walk out before heading to the launch pad July 8, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in advance of the 11:26 a.m. (EDT) launch of STS-135, the final flight of the shuttle program. Leading the crew is commander Chris Ferguson (R), pilot Doug Hurley (2nd R), followed by mission specialists Sandy Magnus (2nd L) and Rex Walheim (L). Atlantis is poised to blaze a path into history Friday when it propels toward the heavens on the last-ever mission of the 30-year-old American space shuttle program.
(Photo credit by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
Crew Of The Space Shuttle Atlantis Walk
Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts (R to L) Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, wave to wellwishers before boarding their transport July 8, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
(Photo credit by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Hundreds of journalists from around the world watch the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 from the press area at Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This lift off is the last in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This lift off is the last in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
US Space Shuttle Atlantis Lifts Off
US space shuttle Atlantis lifts off on July 8, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final flight of the shuttle program.
(Photo credit by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Spectators watch as Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off during the final space shuttle mission from the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, Florida July 8, 2011. This is the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began in 1981. The total miles flown by all of the space shuttles are 537,114,016.
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This lift off is the last in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: A spectator reacts as Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off during the final space shuttle mission from the Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began in 1981. The total miles flown by all of the space shuttles are 537,114,016.
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This lift off is the last in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
TITUSVILLE, FL - JULY 08: People watch as Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off on the last mission of the space shuttle program on July 8, 2011 in Titusville, Florida. This is the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began in 1981.
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This lift off is the last in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
US Space Shuttle Atlantis Lifts Off
US space shuttle Atlantis lifts off on July 8, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final flight of the shuttle program.
(Photo credit by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This lift off is the last in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This lift off is the last in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Spectators watch as Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off during the final space shuttle mission from the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, Florida July 8, 2011. This is the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began in 1981. The total miles flown by all of the space shuttles are 537,114,016.
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 08: Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This lift off is the last in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photos: Final NASA Space Shuttle Launch
US Space Shuttle Atlantis Lifts Off
The space shuttle Atlantis launches on July 8, 2011 heading for space from Kennedy Space Center, Florida past an Ares launch tower. Atlantis' STS-135 mission will signal the end to NASA's most successful and longest running space program.
(Photo credit by BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
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