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Space shuttle Atlantis begins its journey back to Earth

The US space shuttle, Atlantis, has begun its final journey back to Earth.

The crew said farewell to their colleagues on board the International Space Station, before closing the hatch to prepare for their journey home.

It marks the end of 30 years of the US space shuttle programme.

Jonathan Amos reports.

  • 19 Jul 2011
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