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134 Shuttle launches in 134 seconds as Space Shuttle Mission Ends

  • The U.S. Space Shuttle mission will come to a sad end Friday after budget cuts forced NASA to end manned flights on the shuttle.



    The launch of shuttle mission STS-135 is scheduled for 11:26:46 EDT (15:26 UTC) Friday July 8. The Atlantis shuttle will stay in space 12 days as it makes one last visit to the International Space Station.

    Americans will have to rely on the Russians and Chinese to send people into space after tommorrow, and many think it puts national security at risk.

    Attired in training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits, these four astronauts take a break from training to pose for the STS-135 crew portrait. Pictured are NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson (center right), commander; Doug Hurley (center left), pilot; Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus, both mission specialists.

    Attired in training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits, these four astronauts take a break from training to pose for the STS-135 crew portrait. Pictured are NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson (center right), commander; Doug Hurley (center left), pilot; Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus, both mission specialists.

    Space Shuttle Atlantis will carry 4,521,143 pounds including 4 humans into space.

    Some of the equipment Atlantis will carry include ISS supplies, robotic refueling mission equipment, and a guidance system called Tridar that can be used to help dock and guide spacecraft in orbit.

    You can watch the shuttle launch live here Friday July 8. Launch is scheduled for 11:26:46 EDT.

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