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Space shuttle Atlantis is seen from the 34th floor in the Vehicle Assembly Building before rolling out to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Atlantis will make the final flight ever by a space shuttle in just five weeks to end the 30-year program. It heads to the launch pad Tuesday night for a July 8 liftoff; the three-mile trip from the hangar should be completed by the time Endeavour lands at 2:35 a.m. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Space shuttle Atlantis is seen from the 34th floor in the Vehicle Assembly Building before rolling out to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Atlantis will make the final flight ever by a space shuttle in just five weeks to end the 30-year program. It heads to the launch pad Tuesday night for a July 8 liftoff; the three-mile trip from the hangar should be completed by the time Endeavour lands at 2:35 a.m. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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  • Space shuttle Atlantis is seen from the 34th floor in the Vehicle Assembly Building before rolling out to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Atlantis will make the final flight ever by a space shuttle in just five weeks to end the 30-year program. It heads to the launch pad Tuesday night for a July 8 liftoff; the three-mile trip from the hangar should be completed by the time Endeavour lands at 2:35 a.m. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis sits on Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39-A Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is being prepared for a July 8, 2011 mission that will bring a close to the program. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • A NASA helicopter flies near the space shuttle Atlantis as she sits on the launch pad just after sunrise Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis, and her crew of four astronauts, is planned to liftoff no earlier than July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis leaves the Vehicle Assembly Building beginning it's trip to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The final space shuttle flight is planned for no earlier than July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis is perched on pad 39a Wednesday, June 1, 2011 after being rolled out in preparation for it final launch targeted for July 8th, at Kennedy Space Center in . (AP Photo/Florida Today, Craig Rubadoux )
  • The space shuttle Atlantis leaves the Vehicle Assembly Building beginning it's trip to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The final space shuttle flight is planned for no earlier than July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Space shuttle Atlantis is seen rolling out to Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building  at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Atlantis will make the final flight ever by a space shuttle in just five weeks to end the 30-year program. It will head to the launch pad Tuesday night for a July 8 liftoff; the three-mile trip from the hangar should be completed by the time Endeavour lands at 2:35 a.m. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis leaves the Vehicle Assembly Building beginning it's trip to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The final space shuttle flight is planned for no earlier than July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis is shown from the Mobile Launch Platform as the orbiter leaves the Vehicle Assembly Building for a trip to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Atlantis will make the final flight ever by a space shuttle in just five weeks to end the 30-year program. It will head to the launch pad Tuesday night for a July 8 liftoff; the three-mile trip from the hangar should be completed by the time Endeavour lands at 2:35 a.m. (AP Photo/Pool, Gary Rothstein)
  • Space shuttle Atlantis is seen rolling out to Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building  at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Atlantis will make the final flight ever by a space shuttle in just five weeks to end the 30-year program. It will head to the launch pad Tuesday night for a July 8 liftoff; the three-mile trip from the hangar should be completed by the time Endeavour lands at 2:35 a.m. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis leaves the Vehicle Assembly Building beginning it's trip to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The final space shuttle flight is planned for no earlier than July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis sits in the Vehicle Assembly Building before beginning it's trip to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The final space shuttle flight is planned for no earlier than July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis leaves the Vehicle Assembly Building beginning it's trip to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The final space shuttle flight is scheduled for no earlier than July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The Xenon lights illuminating the space shuttle Atlantis cast a shadow on the Vehicle Assembly Building as the orbiter rolls to the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The final space shuttle flight is planned for no earlier than July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis is perched on pad 39a Wednesday, June 1, 2011 after being rolled out in preparation for it final launch targeted for July 8th, at Kennedy Space Center in . (AP Photo/Florida Today, Craig Rubadoux )
  • Members of the media photograph the space shuttle Atlantis as she sits on the launch pad just after sunrise Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis, and her crew of four astronauts are planning for a July 8, 2011 launch.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The space shuttle Atlantis sits on Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39-A Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is being prepared for a July 8, 2011 mission that will bring a close to the program. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • The crew of space shuttle Atlantis, from left, commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley and mission specialists Sandy Mangus and Rex Welhiem answer questions at a news conference as the shuttle, back left,  moves to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Atlantis will make the final flight ever by a space shuttle in just five weeks to end the 30-year program. It will head to the launch pad Tuesday night for a July 8 liftoff; the three-mile trip from the hangar should be completed by the time Endeavour lands at 2:35 a.m. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Atlantis is scheduled for liftoff July 8, the final space shuttle launch.

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