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FILE - In this July 8, 2011 file photo, the space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. This is the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Shuttle program ends with Atlantis mission

January 1, 1970

The American space shuttle program ends after Atlantis' last flight.