NASA's last space shuttle blasts into history

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Atlantis blasted off into space during NASA's last space shuttle launch this morning, attracting crowds along the Florida coast, which included many Long Islanders.

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Four astronauts lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral at 11:29 a.m., 30 years and three months after Atlantis made its very first flight. The shuttle is bound for the International Space Station, making one final supply run.

Nearly a million spectators jammed the surrounding areas to see history in the making. Among them was Mike Massimino, a Franklin Square native who said he'll get emotional when Atlantis returns because it will mark the end of something really special.

The flight will last 12 days, weather permitting. Atlantis will then return to the space center, where it will remain on permanent display.

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