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Final scheduled space flight for Atlantis

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Final scheduled space flight for Atlantis

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Atlantis has blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida for the last time.

It is the space shuttle’s final trip to the International Space Station, and the third-to-last ever shuttle mission into orbit.

Atlantis roared off the launchpad at 14:20 local time, carrying six astronauts on a trip to deliver a Russian research and docking module.

NASA plans to end the shuttle programme later this year after Atlantis’ sister ships Discovery and Endeavour make their own final flights.