"It took us awhile to get to this point, but the ship is in great shape," launch director Mike Leinbach said just before liftoff.
Atlantis lifts off without hitch →
"It's going to be hard to see her retire," said launch director Mike Leinbach. "But we need to do what we need to do for the agency. So we'll get on with her final flight. We'll make it the best one ever."
Leak fixed, shuttle good for next Monday launch →