Gorgeous High-Def Photos of NASA's Final Shuttle Launch


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The Atlantis Space Shuttle was successfully launched today with only a slight delay. This was the last launch of the NASA Space Shuttle program. From now on, NASA will look to commercial space companies to complete missions.The shuttle is planned to go on a 12-day journey, carrying only four astronauts, and stopping at the International Space Station.

The astronauts before take off

A huge crowd turned out to watch and take pictures

Here's where the astronauts hung out before take off

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