Atlantis blasts off

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the final blast-off of Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday, July 8. The “shuttle view” camera is mounted to the orange external fuel tank. Be sure to watch until the rocket boosters disengage about 3 minutes in. Very cool.

When Atlantis touches down next week, it will mark the end of the Space Shuttle era. All shuttles are being retired and will be moved to space museums across the country.

With over 2.5 million parts, the Space Shuttle has been called “the most complex machine ever built.” Interested in learning more? Check out this infographic.

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