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Final 10-mile trek for space shuttle Atlantis

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  • Space center workers carry a banner while walking behind the shuttle Atlantis as it makes its way to the Visitor Complex at the Kennedy Space Center, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis began its slow journey to retirement Friday, riding atop 76-wheeled platform on the 10-mile trek to the Kennedy Space Center's main tourist stop. Friday's event marked the true end to the 30-year shuttle program.

      Space center workers carry a banner while walking behind the shuttle Atlantis as it makes its way to the Visitor Complex at the Kennedy Space Center, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis began its slow journey to retirement Friday, riding atop 76-wheeled platform on the 10-mile trek to the Kennedy Space Center's main tourist stop. Friday's event marked the true end to the 30-year shuttle program.
    Associated Press

  • Space shuttle Atlantis make its way from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Visitor Complex at the Kennedy Space Center, early Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis began its slow journey to retirement Friday, riding atop 76-wheeled platform on the 10-mile trek to the Kennedy Space Center's main tourist stop.

      Space shuttle Atlantis make its way from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Visitor Complex at the Kennedy Space Center, early Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis began its slow journey to retirement Friday, riding atop 76-wheeled platform on the 10-mile trek to the Kennedy Space Center's main tourist stop.
    Associated Press

  • Space shuttle Atlantis rolls down Kennedy Parkway on its way to its new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The spacecraft traveled 125,935,769 miles during 33 spaceflights, including 12 missions to the International Space Station. Its final flight, STS-135, closed out the Space Shuttle Program era with a landing on July 21, 2011.

      Space shuttle Atlantis rolls down Kennedy Parkway on its way to its new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The spacecraft traveled 125,935,769 miles during 33 spaceflights, including 12 missions to the International Space Station. Its final flight, STS-135, closed out the Space Shuttle Program era with a landing on July 21, 2011.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

Trailed by a solemn entourage of astronauts and shuttle workers, atlantis began its slow journey to retirement friday, the last space shuttle to fly in orbit and the last to leave nasa's nest. atlantis emerged just before dawn from the massive vehicle assembly building and, riding atop 76-wheeled platform, began the 10-mile trek to the kennedy space center's main tourist stop.

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