Space Shuttle Atlantis Blasts Into History

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Atlantis STS-135 Rollout
Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) is seen atop the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) as it begins its journey from High Bay 3 in the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39a for its final flight, Tuesday evening, May 31, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The 3.4-mile trek, known as "rollout," will take about seven hours to complete. Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. The launch of STS-135 is targeted for July 8. (Source: NASA/Bill Ingalls)
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Atlantis Takes Off
Atlantis taking off on December 2, 1988. This was the shuttle's first launch since the Challenger disaster in January of 1986. (Source: NASA)
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Atlantis Docks
Space Shuttle Atlantis is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 21 crew member as the shuttle approaches the International Space Station during STS-129 rendezvous and docking operations on November 18, 2009. (Source: NASA)
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Atlantis Docks
Space Shuttle Atlantis is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 21 crew member as the shuttle approaches the International Space Station during STS-129 rendezvous and docking operations on November 18, 2009. (Source: NASA)
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Atlantis in Orbit
Atlantis approaches the International Space Station on May 16, 2010. (Source: NASA)
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STS-132 Mission
NASA astronaut Steve Bowen, STS-132 mission specialist, participates in the mission's first session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continued on the ISS on May 17, 2010. (Source: NASA)
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Inside Atlantis
Astronaut Patrick Forrester, STS-117 mission specialist, floats through a hatch to the middeck of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on June 12, 2007 during flight day five activities while docked with the International Space Station. (Source: NASA)
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Astronaut's View From Atlantis
This scene of the Bahamas' Andros Island and the Tongue of the Ocean was captured on November 21st, 2009 by one of the STS-129 crewmembers aboard the space shuttle Atlantis during flight day six. (Source: NASA)
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STS-129 Take-Off
Atlantis Taking Off
Space Shuttle Atlantis and its six-member STS-129 crew head toward Earth orbit and rendezvous with the International Space Station on Nov. 16, 2009 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. (Source: NASA)
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STS-132 Take-Off
Atlantis Takes Off
Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the STS-132 mission to the International Space Station at 2:20 p.m. EDT on May 14. The third of five shuttle missions planned for 2010, this was the last planned launch for Atlantis. (Source:NASA)
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Take-Off for STS-132 Mission
Space shuttle Atlantis soars toward orbit from Florida's Space Coast, beginning the STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. (Source: NASA)
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Atlantis Lands
Space shuttle Atlantis' drag chute slows the vehicle as it rolls to a stop on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing the 12-day STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. (Source: NASA)
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The US space shuttle Atlantis is readied
The US space shuttle Atlantis is readied on May 18, 2011 in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, to be mated to the solid rocket boosters and external tank for the final flight of the shuttle scheduled for early July 2011. (Source: BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Final Space Shuttle Rolls Out To Launch Pad
Atlantis rolls to the launch pad atop the crawler from the Vehicle Assembly Building floor at the Kennedy Space Center May 31, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Space shuttle Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. (Source: Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
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Space Shuttle Astronauts Speak To Media At Atlantis Launch Pad
Atlantis Astronauts, Mission Specialists (L-R) Rex Walheim, Sandra Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Commander Chris Ferguson attend a press conference at the Launch Pad 39A with the Space shuttle in the background, during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Tests and dress rehearsals for the July launch, at Kennedy Space Center June 22, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Source: Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
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US space shuttle Atlantis sits on launch
US space shuttle Atlantis sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, early on June 17, 2011, Florida as a payload cannister (L) is lifted into the rotating service structure. Atlantis' STS-135 mission signals the end to NASA's most successful and longest running space program. (Source: BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Inside Atlantis
Space shuttle Atlantis, OV-104, was delivered to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in April of 1985. Mission STS-51J was the first flight of space shuttle Atlantis, launching Oct. 3, 1985 to deliver a communications satellite for the Department of Defense. (Source: NASA)
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Atlantis Docked To The International Space Station
Space shuttle Atlantis is docked to Russia's Mir Space Station and was photographed by the Mir-19 crew on July 4,1995. Cosmonauts Anatoliy Y. Solovyev and Nikolai M. Budarin, Mir-19 Commander and Flight Engineer, respectively, temporarily undocked the Soyuz spacecraft from the cluster of Mir elements to perform a brief fly-around. (Source: NASA)
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Atlantis' First Voyage
Mission STS-51J was the first flight of space shuttle Atlantis, launching Oct. 3, 1985 to deliver a communications satellite for the Department of Defense. (Source: NASA)
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