Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off for last time

The space shuttle Atlantis launched for the last time Friday, ending NASA's 30-year shuttle program.

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, July 8, 2011. The mission marks the end of more than 30 years of space shuttle flights for the NASA program. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, July 8, 2011. The mission marks the end of more than 30 years of space shuttle flights for the NASA program. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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