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The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Thousands of people watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on  the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Spectators flock to the  A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge to watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Spectators flock to the  A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge to watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Members of a bomb squad investigate a suspicious package just east of the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge before the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Thousands of people watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on  the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Livingston, Texas residents Bob Hans, left of center, looks up in the sky as he and a crowd ready their cameras for the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Crowds get ready with their cameras and binoculars on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge minutes before the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Scenes from before the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Julie Grace, left, from Fort White, Fla. and Haylie Pechonis, 10, bottom left, play with Jane, a 2-year-old beagle, as they wait on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge for the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Boomer, a 15-year-old terrier mix, stands on the roof of his owners car on the east side of the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge about an hour before the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • David Dungey, from Hackensack, NJ, lifts his daughter Sydney Dungey, 4, on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge before launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • A crowd gathers to watch as a bomb squad tries to identify a package found hear the port-o-potties on the east side of the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge hours before the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Larry Adams, right, from Claremore, Okla., and his brother Mike Adams, from Tampa, try to identify a helicopter in the sky before the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Katie Pazamickas, 24, catches up on sleep on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge a couple hours before the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. Pazamickas left work in Maryland at 4 p.m. Thursday to arrive in Titusville for the launch at 5:30 a.m. Friday. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Gabriella Goodman, 6, left, and Lillie Compton, 5, of Kentucky, play ring around the rosie in the middle of A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge a couple hours before the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Scenes from the morning of the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Scenes from the morning of the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Jaylan Evans, 13, from Greensboro, N.C., takes photos the morning of the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Spectators flock to the  A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge to watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Scenes from the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Spectators shield their eyes as they watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on  the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Chicago residents friend Julie Grena, right, sheds tears as she and her friend Dana Mavros, center, cheer with thousands of others on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge during the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. 'I always wanted to be an astronaut,' said Grena. 'But, I'm just a pilot.' The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Thousands of people watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on  the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Chicago residents friend Julie Grena, right, sheds tears as she and her friend Dana Mavros, center, cheer with thousands of others on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge during the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. 'I always wanted to be an astronaut,' said Grena. 'But, I'm just a pilot.' The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Chicago residents Dana Mavros, bottom center, and her friend Julie Grena hug as with thousands of others cheer on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge during the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. 'I always wanted to be an astronaut,' said Grena. 'But, I'm just a pilot.' The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Chicago residents Dana Mavros, bottom center, and her friend Julie Grena cheer with thousands of others on the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge during the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday in Titusville, Fla. 'I always wanted to be an astronaut,' said Grena. 'But, I'm just a pilot.' The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Thousands of people watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on  the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Thousands of people watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on  the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Thousands of people watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on  the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Thousands of people watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on  the A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway bridge Friday in Titusville, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final space shuttle mission: STS-135 and carries a crew of four with the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module and spare parts for the space station. Lexey Swall/Staff

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