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July 21, 2011 6:39 AM

Space Shuttle Atlantis lands and an era in space travel ends

The space shuttle era officially ended early Thursday morning as Atlantis touched down under a cloudless and star-spangled sky at Kennedy Space Center. The safe return of a shuttle and its crew from a dangerous journey is always a cause for celebration but this one — the final landing after 135 missions spanning 30 years — was bittersweet.

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