NASA's last space shuttle blasts into history

(AP) - Atlantis has blasted off on NASA'slast space shuttle launch.The historic liftoff occurred Friday morning, 30 years and threemonths after the very first shuttle

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - (AP) - Atlantis has blasted off on NASA'slast space shuttle launch.

The historic liftoff occurred Friday morning, 30 years and threemonths after the very first shuttle flight.

Four astronauts are riding Atlantis to orbit. The shuttle isbound for the International Space Station, making one final supplyrun.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators jammed Cape Canaveral andsurrounding towns for the farewell. Kennedy Space Center itself waspacked with shuttle workers, astronauts and 45,000 invited guests,the maximum allowed.

The flight will last 12 days. Weather permitting, Atlantis willreturn to Kennedy, where it will end up on permanent display.

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