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.

Denise McCabe (left center) of Vero Beach, Fla., and Cheryl Giesa (in white shirt) of Northville, Mich., cheer on Friday, July 8, 2011, as they watch from the roadside in Titusville, Fla., as the space shuttle Atlantis launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, about seven miles away. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

Denise McCabe (left center) of Vero Beach, Fla., and Cheryl Giesa (in white shirt) of Northville, Mich., cheer on Friday, July 8, 2011, as they watch from the roadside in Titusville, Fla., as the space shuttle Atlantis launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, about seven miles away. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

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