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STS-132 Space Shuttle Atlantis Picture Perfect Final Launch

NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center right on time at 2:20 p.m. EDT, rising into a picture-perfect Florida sky and capping a relatively problem-free countdown.


The final planned mission of space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for 12 days. Its prime payloads destined for the International Space Station are the second of two Russian Mini-Research Modules and additional spare parts, including a set of batteries for the
station’s truss and a high-powered dish antenna assembly. Atlantis will take the standard two-day before docking with at the International Space Station on Sunday morning, May 16.

About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceRef Canada Interactive Inc, CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef U.S., advisor and co-founder of the Canadian Space Commerce Association, and director and co-founder of MaxQ Accelerator Inc. Previously he was the founder of Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine which he sold.

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  • harbles01

    I hope you are wrong about this being the final launch of Atlantis. For a mere 600 Million to a Billion Dollars NASA could mount an STS-135 mission to do another support mission in June 2011.
    Faint hope but Shuttle huggers want to delay the inevitable as long as possible.

  • Marc Boucher

    My sources tell me that there could be not one but two more missions on the books with the first next June.