03 Jul '11, 3am

Shuttle Atlantis prepares to rocket into history

Shuttle Atlantis prepares to rocket into history

WASHINGTON: The shuttle Atlantis is poised to launch Friday on the final flight of the 30-year American program, a journey that marks the end of an era of US dominance in human space exploration. The liftoff is scheduled for July 8 at 11:26 am (1526 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida's Cape Canaveral, sending Atlantis on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. Four American astronauts will ride the shuttle on its last tour of duty to stock the orbiting research outpost with plenty of supplies -- 8,000 pounds (3,600 kilogrammes) worth in all -- and bring back a failed ammonia pump, NASA said. Up to a million people are expected to turn out along Florida's Atlantic Coast to watch the 135th and final shuttle launch, an estimate between two and three times the typical crowd size, local officials said. "The space shuttle has been very good to this country. I...

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