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shuz writes: Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off today on its STS-132 mission to the International Space Station — the final flight for the venerable vehicle.

The mission involves three spacewalks over 12 days, during which the team will replace six batteries on the port truss which store energy from solar panels on that truss, bolt on a spare space-to-ground Ku-band antenna and attach a new tool platform to Canada's Dextre robotic arm.

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Atlantis blasts off on final mission

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  • It is always so exciting to watch the launch. I find the Shuttle very aesthetic, one of the most beautiful pieces of technology, its shape is more appealing than airplanes. I will be sad to see them go. My favorite is Discovery; she flew both of the "return-to-flight" mission and for some reason seems to be the leader of the pack. :) But Atlantis also has an impressive record, it will be retirement well deserved.

    From "Atlantis lifted off on its maiden voyage on Oct. 3, 1985, on mission 51-J. Later

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