STS-135 Launch Coverage

    Anna HeineySpace shuttle Atlantis and a four-person astronaut crew lifted off July 8, 2011 at 11:29 a.m. EDT on STS-135, the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. The 12-day mission will deliver additional parts and supplies to the International Space Station. Blogger Anna Heiney provided countdown updates on launch day.

    Want to learn more about the Space Shuttle Program's 30-year history? Visit the Space Shuttle Era website to find feature stories, photo galleries and videos for the insider's perspective of space shuttle operations.

    NOTE: Times are given in Eastern, but timestamps (the publish times beneath headlines) appear in your local time.

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    Live Coverage Team

    Blog Updates: Anna Heiney
    Site Updates: Cheryl Mansfield
    Quality Control: Frank Ochoa-Gonzales
    Videos: Steven Siceloff
    Photo Gallery: Elaine Marconi
    Video Production: Mike Justice
    Video Capture/Editing: Chris Chamberland,
    Michael Chambers and Gianni Woods