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Published July 08, 2011, 06:25 PM

Final shuttle mission has local ties

Cape Canaveral, FL (WDAY TV) - This is the final launch of the US space shuttle program.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

2, 1, and the final liftoff of Atlantis.

This is the final launch of the US space shuttle program. Atlantis, with the husband of Vining, Minnesota native and astronaut Karen Nyberg on board, blasted off about 10:30 this morning. Almost a million gathered at the Kennedy Space Center and surrounding towns. The crew of four will deliver a year's worth of supplies to the International Space Station. They're expected to spend 12 days in orbit.

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