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NASA gives us a breathtaking shot of Atlantis right before its launch in space

Continuing my NASA theme, here’s a really cool shot of the space shuttle Atlantis, taken few hours before its launch today. The picture is made by dawn, while the launch will be at 2:26 pm EST. Full res download link after the break.

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This will be the last flight of Atlantis for the 2009 and the second to last one ever (or at least planned). The final flight will be on 14 May 2010, again headed to the ISS (International Space Station). You can download a full-res copy from the NASA gallery.

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