More than a million people were expected in the area around the Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch. Many arrived before sunrise to claim the best seats.
July 24, 2011 Until Space Shuttle Atlantis launched two weeks ago, Scott Cameron's most vivid memory of the U.S. space program was a tragedy. When the opportunity arose to finally banish the ghosts of the Challenger disaster, he took it.
Space Shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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July 21, 2011 The last NASA space shuttle mission into space has ended. Atlantis and its four crew members arrived at the Kennedy Space Center just before 6 a.m. ET.
The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
July 8, 2011 The shuttle blasted off almost on time, after concerns about the weather were overcome. Its mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to last 12 days.
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February 20, 2008 Flying to the moon, playing among the stars.... It has been a busy week in outer space.
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