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Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch: Stunning Images From The Final Blast Off (PHOTOS)

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Space Shuttle Atlantis launched for the last time today, marking the end of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program.

The final shuttle launch went off almost exactly as planned, and despite a gloomy forecast it was delayed by only a few minutes. As of 11:42 a.m. EDT NASA reported that the craft was successfully in orbit, and STS-135 has begun as planned.

You can see historic images of the final launch below, or click here to see some historic shots from past shuttle missions. Photos of the shuttle preparation can be seen here.

You can also take a look back at 30 years of the space shuttle program here.

Do you have photos from the launch? Send them to us by clicking "participate" below.

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