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NASA's Final Space Shuttle Flight Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral

IN SPACE - JULY 10: In this video screen grab provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NASA space shuttle Atlantis goes through a nine-minute Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, or back flip to enable space station crew members to take high resolution digital pictures of the shuttle's heat shield July 10, 2011 in space. After the back flip is complete, Commander Chris Ferguson will fly Atlantis through a quarter circle to a position about 310 feet directly in front of the station, allowing the complex to catch up with the shuttle for docking Atlantis is embarking on a 12-day mission on July 8 to the International Space Station where it will deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts. This will be the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

Space shuttle Atlantis makes final journey

The last of the space agency's retired space shuttles to be museum-bound, Atlantis was rolled out of the 52-story VAB early Nov. 2 to leave on a day-long move to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex,

9.8 miles away. There, the orbiter will enter a new

$100 million display facility, still under construction, which is set to

open to the public in July 2013.