Atlantis begins the final shuttle program mission

The Atlantis shuttle, with 4 astronauts onboard, has left the earth. After 30 years of exploration, building the International Space Station (ISS), the Hubble telescope, and teach us more about how humans can live and work in space, the shuttle program reaches the end with this last launch.

Atlantis left Launch Pad 39A from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:29 AM EDT. The mission has 4 crew members and will last 12 days to carry equipment and supplies to the ISS, which shuttle will dock on Sunday.

There were about 750,000 people gathered round watching the launch. The media are already considering the greater agglomeration of people witnessing a shuttle launch since the Apollo 11 (the first to go to the moon) back in 1969.

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