Space & Astronomy
Shuttle launches in historic final flight
By T.K. Randall
July 8, 2011 · 20 comments
Image Credit: NASA
Space shuttle Atlantis has launched successfully from Cape Canaveral for the very last time.
The weather had made a launch look unlikely however remained clear enough for things to go ahead. The shuttle will ferry 3.5 tonnes of supplies to the International Space Station on a mission that will last 12 days and mark the end of the space shuttle program that has lasted over 30 years. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden remained optimistic about the future however - "The future of human spaceflight is bright," he said. "You'll hear me say that over and over and over again, so you need to print it."
The 135th and final space shuttle mission has lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Space shuttle Atlantis was launched into history at 1129 local time (1529 GMT; 1629 BST) on Friday. The 12-day mission will ferry 3. 5 tonnes of supplies to the International Space Station.
Source: BBC News
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