Atlantis lift-off at 11:29 am EST on Friday, June 8th 2011

Arriving the day before with steady rain,  the chance of STS-135 launching on time was 30%.

STS-135 fueling
Fueling a little after 4:30 AM

We arrived early to get some fantastic photos like the one above, and a great seat for the launch.

sts-135 waiting
Less than 10 minutes to go and still launch is not likely

sts-135 ready
As if planned  to happen on schedule, the low cloud ceiling parted and the fuse was lit on time!

... if you were watching the launch from space.

30 years of shuttle
An end of an era

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