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Atlantis makes final touchdown
On a quiet July morning in Cape Canaveral, Florida Space shuttle Atlantis touched down¿ending a storied 30 years history of shuttle-powered space exploration. When Atlantis first took flight in 1985, it was well ahead of its time technologically¿a spacecraft that could blast into orbit then glide back safely to a specific landing strip on the earth¿s surface. The end the NASA's shuttle program was seen as bittersweet. "Having fired the imaginations of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time -- its voyage at an end," mission control said upon Atlantis' touchdown. Russia, Europe, Japan and private companies will continue the shuttle¿s duties of ferrying people and supplies into orbit and to the International Space Station.