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Astronauts Arrive In Florida For Friday’s Shuttle Launch

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The four astronauts who will take the space shuttle Atlantis on its final flight arrived in Florida on July 4th.

The four astronauts who will take the space shuttle Atlantis on its final flight arrived in Florida on July 4th.

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CAPE CANAVERAL (CBS4) – The four astronauts who will close the final chapter of NASA’s space shuttle program on Friday with the launch of the shuttle Atlantis have arrived in Florida.

Commander Christopher Ferguson and his crew flew into Kennedy Space Center from Houston on Monday, the Fourth of July. NASA staff handed them small U.S. flags, as their launch director greeted them out on the runway.


On Thursday, Ferguson and his crew will board Atlantis for a mock countdown.

The four will take Atlantis on the last flight of NASA’s 30-year shuttle program. Atlantis will make a supply run to the International Space Station, before joining Discovery and Endeavour in retirement.

Ferguson says it will be a busy 12-day flight. But when it’s over, he says the astronauts will be “very proud to put the right-hand bookend on the space shuttle program.”

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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