NASA's final space shuttle mission approaches

POSTED: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 2:36pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 11:54pm

The crew scheduled to fly on the last space shuttle flight ever arrived at the Kennedy Space Center today, as the four Atlantis astronauts flew in from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Over the next few days, they'll conduct final training for the flight, including a countdown dress rehearsal on Thursday.

The launch will be the 33rd flight of Atlantis, and the 37th shuttle mission to the space station.

Atlantis is scheduled to launch July 8, marking the 135th and final mission of NASA's space shuttle program.

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Congratulations for all the people who worked out for the final shuttle mission. It was a difficult instant for several associated with the program, and will open the doorway for a new chapter in NASA's investigation of space. Here is the proof: Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off on its final mission

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