Stunning and majestic....The Space Shuttle Atlantis is on its way to space, and history....
3 minutes to booster separation. #CSATweetup
RT @quinn_of_quebec: Great line from the commentary; 'Atlantis flexing it's muscles for one last time' #CSATweetup #STS135 #GodSpeedAtla ...
NASA's last space shuttle blasts into history, Atlantis, 4 astronauts on epoch-ending journey
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Atlantis has blasted off on NASA's last space shuttle launch.
The historic liftoff occurred Friday morning, 30 years and three months after the very first shuttle flight.
Four astronauts are riding Atlantis to orbit. The shuttle is bound for the International Space Station, making one final supply run.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators jammed Cape Canaveral and surrounding towns for the farewell. Kennedy Space Center itself was packed with shuttle workers, astronauts and 45,000 invited guests, the maximum allowed.
The flight will last 12 days. Weather permitting, Atlantis will return to Kennedy, where it will end up on permanent display.
Pride, emotion and excitement at CSA=understatement RT “@rasc: She launched. The room exploded into loud cheers. #CSATwitter” #CSATweetup
Good luck Atlantis! #CSATweetup
The live event is now finished! Thanks everybody to follow us during this big event. #CSATweetup
With this ends this exceptional event. #CSATweetup participants will now break for lunch with @alainbb. Stay tuned!
With the space station flying 220 miles high & east of Christchurch, New Zealand, space shuttle Atlantis launched at 11:29 a.m. EDT.
Just released - the official launch time for Atlantis: 11:29:04 a.m. EDT.
The STS-135 post-launch news conference now will be held at 1 p.m. EDT.
RT @Stronnics: #CSATweetup witnessed history here today at the CSA
RT @rasc: Everyone is still excited from the launch. #CSATweetup
Jimmy Buffett right now singing "wasting away again in Cape Canaveral" in private party for NASA
Arg! Cell phone overload meant I couldn't blog during the launch... just got online now!
Launch was amazing -- it looked so smooth but i know astronauts say inside it's like riding in an old truck at top speed on a washboard road
The sound wasn't quite as loud and deep as I expected -- as it gained height the roar became a strange crackle -- like bad on bad speakers
We learned later the hold at T minus 31 seconds was because one of the hundreds of cameras around the launch pad didn't retract.
Presser: Definition of "God's speed" is have a prosperous journey. That phrase used for John Glenn's flight -- used again today.
Jon Oliver is here shooting a segment for the Daily Show. I sense some mocking of space geeks in the near future.
NASA showing special video of astronauts holding up signs thanking all the workers just before they boardded the shuttle.
Last two signs the astronauts held up: "God's Speed." "God Bless America."
RT @iTunesPodcasts: The final liftoff of Atlantis marks the end of an era. @NASA reflects on the history of the Space Shuttle program: h ...
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