Shuttle Launch Marks End of Era
The launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis will mark the end of an era of American space exploration. The above picture shows Atlantis' launch on April 5, 1991. Image courtesy of NASA.
An era of American space exploration is coming to an end. Atlantis became the last US shuttle ever to blast off into space.
An equipment issue with 31 seconds left in the countdown stalled the launch. But the issue was cleared and Atlantis launched at 10:29 am, Central Time.
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