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Retirement Atlantis Lands after Final Mission Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Atlantis Lands after Final Mission

The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida around 6 a.m. Thursday, officially ending NASA’s space shuttle program. The program launched 135 flights over 30 years, sending 355 astronauts into space. The Atlantis launched on its first mission in 1985. On its final mission, it dropped off a year’s supply of food and other supplies at the International Space Station.

July 21, 2011 6:08 AM