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Food packets containing the astronauts' "all-American meal," including (clockwise from top left) corn, chicken, brisket, and beans, along with a lemonade, at right. Devin Boldt/NASA - JSC hide caption

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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Morry Gash/AP hide caption

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Atlantis Lifts Off For Last Shuttle Mission

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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Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery, seen here lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, are preparing to dock with the International Space Station Saturday. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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