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Final flight

<p>Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. 

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Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

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<p>Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. 


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Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

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<p>Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. 

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Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

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<p>Space shuttle Atlantis crewmembers (L-R) Mission Specialist Rex Waldheim, Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Commander Chris Ferguson stand together after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. 

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Space shuttle Atlantis crewmembers (L-R) Mission Specialist Rex Waldheim, Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Commander Chris Ferguson stand together after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21,...more

Space shuttle Atlantis crewmembers (L-R) Mission Specialist Rex Waldheim, Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Commander Chris Ferguson stand together after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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<p>Space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. 

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Space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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<p>Mission Commander Chris Ferguson of space shuttle Atlantis touches tiles on the orbiter after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. 

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Mission Commander Chris Ferguson of space shuttle Atlantis touches tiles on the orbiter after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Mission Commander Chris Ferguson of space shuttle Atlantis touches tiles on the orbiter after landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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<p>Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011.

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Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Don Emmert/Pool

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Don Emmert/Pool

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<p>People gather inside Johnson Space Center's mission control to say their farewells and commemorate the end of the space shuttle program in Florida in this still image taken from NASA TV, July 21, 2011.


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People gather inside Johnson Space Center's mission control to say their farewells and commemorate the end of the space shuttle program in Florida in this still image taken from NASA TV, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/NASA TV

People gather inside Johnson Space Center's mission control to say their farewells and commemorate the end of the space shuttle program in Florida in this still image taken from NASA TV, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/NASA TV

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<p>Space shuttle Atlantis is pictured while still docked with the International Space Station, July 18, 2011. 


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Space shuttle Atlantis is pictured while still docked with the International Space Station, July 18, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

Space shuttle Atlantis is pictured while still docked with the International Space Station, July 18, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis is seen with a solar panel of the International Space Station in the foreground as it departs the station, July 19, 2011. 

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The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis is seen with a solar panel of the International Space Station in the foreground as it departs the station, July 19, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis is seen with a solar panel of the International Space Station in the foreground as it departs the station, July 19, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>The Southern Lights are pictured from the space shuttle Atlantis while visiting the International Space Station, July 14, 2011. Part of the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) is seen (L), as it was attached on the end of the shuttle's robotic arm (out of frame). A part of the port side wing of the shuttle is at right. 

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The Southern Lights are pictured from the space shuttle Atlantis while visiting the International Space Station, July 14, 2011. Part of the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) is seen (L), as it was attached on the end of the shuttle's robotic arm (out...more

The Southern Lights are pictured from the space shuttle Atlantis while visiting the International Space Station, July 14, 2011. Part of the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) is seen (L), as it was attached on the end of the shuttle's robotic arm (out of frame). A part of the port side wing of the shuttle is at right. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>Spacewalker Ron Garan works outside the International Space Station during the final spacewalk while a shuttle is docked to the station, July 12, 2011. 


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Spacewalker Ron Garan works outside the International Space Station during the final spacewalk while a shuttle is docked to the station, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

Spacewalker Ron Garan works outside the International Space Station during the final spacewalk while a shuttle is docked to the station, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>A 400 millimeter lens was used by an International space station crew member to capture this image of the space shuttle Atlantis as it drew close to the station for docking, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA</p>

A 400 millimeter lens was used by an International space station crew member to capture this image of the space shuttle Atlantis as it drew close to the station for docking, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

A 400 millimeter lens was used by an International space station crew member to capture this image of the space shuttle Atlantis as it drew close to the station for docking, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>The sun shines above the Earth's horizon with the International Space Station in the foreground in this photo taken by spacewalker Ron Garan during the final spacewalk while a shuttle is docked to the station, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/Ron Garan</p>

The sun shines above the Earth's horizon with the International Space Station in the foreground in this photo taken by spacewalker Ron Garan during the final spacewalk while a shuttle is docked to the station, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/Ron Garan more

The sun shines above the Earth's horizon with the International Space Station in the foreground in this photo taken by spacewalker Ron Garan during the final spacewalk while a shuttle is docked to the station, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/Ron Garan

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<p>NASA astronaut Rex Walheim, STS-135 mission specialist, looks through an overhead window on the aft flight deck of the space shuttle Atlantis during the mission's second day of activities in Earth orbit, July 9, 2011. REUTERS/NASA</p>

NASA astronaut Rex Walheim, STS-135 mission specialist, looks through an overhead window on the aft flight deck of the space shuttle Atlantis during the mission's second day of activities in Earth orbit, July 9, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

NASA astronaut Rex Walheim, STS-135 mission specialist, looks through an overhead window on the aft flight deck of the space shuttle Atlantis during the mission's second day of activities in Earth orbit, July 9, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>The space shuttle Atlantis is seen over the Bahamas prior to docking with the International Space Station with part of a Russian Progress spacecraft docked to the station in the foreground, July 10, 2011. 

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The space shuttle Atlantis is seen over the Bahamas prior to docking with the International Space Station with part of a Russian Progress spacecraft docked to the station in the foreground, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

The space shuttle Atlantis is seen over the Bahamas prior to docking with the International Space Station with part of a Russian Progress spacecraft docked to the station in the foreground, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>Spacewalker Ron Garan rides on the International Space Station's robotic arm as he transfers a failed pump module to the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis during the final spacewalk, July 12, 2011. 

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Spacewalker Ron Garan rides on the International Space Station's robotic arm as he transfers a failed pump module to the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis during the final spacewalk, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

Spacewalker Ron Garan rides on the International Space Station's robotic arm as he transfers a failed pump module to the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis during the final spacewalk, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>Flight engineer Mike Fossum works outside the International Space Station during the last spacewalk conducted with a space shuttle docked to the station,  July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA</p>

Flight engineer Mike Fossum works outside the International Space Station during the last spacewalk conducted with a space shuttle docked to the station, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

Flight engineer Mike Fossum works outside the International Space Station during the last spacewalk conducted with a space shuttle docked to the station, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus (L) and space shuttle Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson move supplies and equipment inside Node 2 or or the Harmony module of the International Space Station, July 11, 2011. 


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NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus (L) and space shuttle Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson move supplies and equipment inside Node 2 or or the Harmony module of the International Space Station, July 11, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus (L) and space shuttle Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson move supplies and equipment inside Node 2 or or the Harmony module of the International Space Station, July 11, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>The space shuttle Atlantis is seen prior to docking with the International Space Station with part of a Russian Progress spacecraft docked to the station in the foreground, July 10, 2011. 

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The space shuttle Atlantis is seen prior to docking with the International Space Station with part of a Russian Progress spacecraft docked to the station in the foreground, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

The space shuttle Atlantis is seen prior to docking with the International Space Station with part of a Russian Progress spacecraft docked to the station in the foreground, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>Spacewalker Ron Garan rides on the International Space Station's robotic arm with the Earth as a backdrop as he transfers a failed pump module to the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis during the final spacewalk, during a shuttle mission, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA</p>

Spacewalker Ron Garan rides on the International Space Station's robotic arm with the Earth as a backdrop as he transfers a failed pump module to the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis during the final spacewalk, during a shuttle mission, July 12,...more

Spacewalker Ron Garan rides on the International Space Station's robotic arm with the Earth as a backdrop as he transfers a failed pump module to the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis during the final spacewalk, during a shuttle mission, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>People watch from Jetty Park as space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. 

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People watch from Jetty Park as space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

People watch from Jetty Park as space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. 

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The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

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<p>Spectators line the A.Max Brewer bridge in anticipation of the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis in Titusville,  July 8, 2011. 

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Spectators line the A.Max Brewer bridge in anticipation of the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis in Titusville, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

Spectators line the A.Max Brewer bridge in anticipation of the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis in Titusville, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

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<p>A 400 millimeter lens was used by an International space station crew member to capture this image of the space shuttle Atlantis as it drew close to the station for docking, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA</p>

A 400 millimeter lens was used by an International space station crew member to capture this image of the space shuttle Atlantis as it drew close to the station for docking, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

A 400 millimeter lens was used by an International space station crew member to capture this image of the space shuttle Atlantis as it drew close to the station for docking, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>Specators cheer as they watch space shuttle Atlantis, STS-135 lift off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 8, 2011.  REUTERS/Scott Audette </p>

Specators cheer as they watch space shuttle Atlantis, STS-135 lift off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Specators cheer as they watch space shuttle Atlantis, STS-135 lift off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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<p>The International Space Station is photographed by a crew member onboard the space shuttle Atlantis as the two spacecraft performed rendezvous and docking operations, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA</p>

The International Space Station is photographed by a crew member onboard the space shuttle Atlantis as the two spacecraft performed rendezvous and docking operations, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

The International Space Station is photographed by a crew member onboard the space shuttle Atlantis as the two spacecraft performed rendezvous and docking operations, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>NASA Administrator Charles Bolden hugs Launch Director Michael Leinbach (R) in the firing room of the Launch Control Center shortly after the space shuttle Atlantis launched, July 8, 2011. 

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden hugs Launch Director Michael Leinbach (R) in the firing room of the Launch Control Center shortly after the space shuttle Atlantis launched, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden hugs Launch Director Michael Leinbach (R) in the firing room of the Launch Control Center shortly after the space shuttle Atlantis launched, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/Bill Ingalls

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<p>The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. 

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The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>Earth's horizon and aft sections of the space shuttle Atlantis and the orbiter's boom sensor system (OBSS) can be seen through a window on the aft flight deck of the shuttle, July 9, 2011. REUTERS/NASA</p>

Earth's horizon and aft sections of the space shuttle Atlantis and the orbiter's boom sensor system (OBSS) can be seen through a window on the aft flight deck of the shuttle, July 9, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

Earth's horizon and aft sections of the space shuttle Atlantis and the orbiter's boom sensor system (OBSS) can be seen through a window on the aft flight deck of the shuttle, July 9, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>Vapor forms after the space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifted off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011.


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Vapor forms after the space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifted off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Vapor forms after the space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifted off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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<p>NASA managers look on from Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as the space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A, July 8, 2011. 

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NASA managers look on from Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as the space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA managers look on from Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as the space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/Bill Ingalls

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<p>Part of the space shuttle Atlantis' main engines are seen in this close up image taken with an 800mm lens by an International Space Station crew member as the orbiter approached the station for docking, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA</p>

Part of the space shuttle Atlantis' main engines are seen in this close up image taken with an 800mm lens by an International Space Station crew member as the orbiter approached the station for docking, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

Part of the space shuttle Atlantis' main engines are seen in this close up image taken with an 800mm lens by an International Space Station crew member as the orbiter approached the station for docking, July 10, 2011. REUTERS/NASA

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<p>Four women walk on the beach near Jetty Park as the smoke from space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 drifts in the sky behind them in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. 

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Four women walk on the beach near Jetty Park as the smoke from space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 drifts in the sky behind them in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Four women walk on the beach near Jetty Park as the smoke from space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 drifts in the sky behind them in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011.  REUTERS/Scott Audette </p>

The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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<p>Payton Hellebrand, 8, plays with an inflatable space shuttle as he waits with his family for the launch of Atlantis, STS-135 from Kennedy Space Center, from their viewing position at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral,  July 8, 2011. 

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Payton Hellebrand, 8, plays with an inflatable space shuttle as he waits with his family for the launch of Atlantis, STS-135 from Kennedy Space Center, from their viewing position at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Blanco...more

Payton Hellebrand, 8, plays with an inflatable space shuttle as he waits with his family for the launch of Atlantis, STS-135 from Kennedy Space Center, from their viewing position at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Blanco

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<p>The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. 

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The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

The space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Pierre Ducharme

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<p>The space shuttle Atlantis is seen shortly after the rotating service structure (RSS) was rolled back at launch pad 39A at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 7, 2011.

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The space shuttle Atlantis is seen shortly after the rotating service structure (RSS) was rolled back at launch pad 39A at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Bill Ingalls-NASA

The space shuttle Atlantis is seen shortly after the rotating service structure (RSS) was rolled back at launch pad 39A at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Bill Ingalls-NASA

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<p>Jeff Eaton (L) holds a t-shirt with the design of the space shuttle Atlantis to sell to passing motorists in Cocoa Beach, July 7, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Jeff Eaton (L) holds a t-shirt with the design of the space shuttle Atlantis to sell to passing motorists in Cocoa Beach, July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Jeff Eaton (L) holds a t-shirt with the design of the space shuttle Atlantis to sell to passing motorists in Cocoa Beach, July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Kennedy Space Center firefighters hug at a safety meeting before the space shuttle Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. 

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Kennedy Space Center firefighters hug at a safety meeting before the space shuttle Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Kennedy Space Center firefighters hug at a safety meeting before the space shuttle Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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