Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on last mission


Daily Mirror, 09-07-2011 05:07:05


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THE space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on its final mission yesterday – but bad weather meant the launch was two minutes late.

Right up to an hour before lift-off it was touch and go whether the 135th flight of the 30-year programme would happen. But NASA waived its own weather rules to allow it to go ahead.

People clapped and cheered inside Florida’s Kennedy Space Center when the shuttle finally took off at 11.29am local time.


Among the VIPs who watched the launch was NASA’s original shuttle pilot, Robert Crippen, now 73, who flew Columbia on the inaugural test flight in 1981.

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