Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (BestGrowthStock) – The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday on NASA’s third-to-last shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

Atlantis roared off the launch pad at 2:20 p.m., carrying six astronauts on a trip to deliver a Russian research and docking module to the space station. NASA plans to end the shuttle program later this year after Atlantis’ sister ships Discovery and Endeavour make their final flights.

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(Reporting by Jane Sutton, Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from Florida