Atlantis shuttle launch

Key points

  • The Atlantis shuttle lifted off at 1129 local Florida time (1629 BST) on a mission to haul critical supplies to the International Space Station
  • The flight is the 135th and final space shuttle launch and the 33rd lift-off for the Atlantis orbiter
  • Up to a million people gathered near Kennedy Space Center to see the final launch, according to estimates

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