Final launch: Space shuttle Atlantis liftoff seen from above

Atlantis blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 10:29 a.m. CDT (15:29 UTC) on July 8, 2011 for a final mission. This amazing photo captured the launch from above.

NASA’s Shuttle Training Aircraft – used to teach astronauts to fly the shuttle itself – caught this beautiful image of final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011. The final mission: STS-135. (sniff!)

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Atlantis left Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10:29 a.m. CDT (15:29 UTC). The shuttle’s final mission: the International Space Station (ISS) for a last supply run.

Space shuttle Atlantis up and away one last time

Striking NASA photos show last Space Shuttle launch from above

Deborah Byrd