Lift Off!

The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off today on the final mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.  During the 11 day mission, astronauts will perform 5 spacewalks to repair and replace a number of components on the Hubble.   This repair job should keep Hubble functioning until 2014.

Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  Photo credit:  NASA TV

Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today. Photo credit: NASA TV

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