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Go for main engine start.
Him out of 10987.
Engines up and burning.
And lift off the final lift off of it -- Shoulders of the space Shuttle America will continue the great.
Houston now controlling the flight of Atlantis.
Space shuttle spreads its wings one final time for the start of a sentimental journey into history.
24 seconds into the flight.
Old program complete Atlantis now heads down wings level on the proper alignment forensic to have another ride to orbit.
Four and a half million pounds of hardware in humans taking aim on the International Space Station.
Forty seconds into the flight.
Three liquid fuel main engines throttling back to 72% of rated performance in the -- reducing stress on the shuttle as it goes trans sonic for the final time.
-- engines now revving up standing by for the throttle up call.
Remember I didn't go and router no action dvd machine.
-- I don't think anything.
That call from cap com Carol -- transducer.
Instrumentation only no action required.
Atlantis now fifteen miles and altitude already sixteen miles down range from the Kennedy space under one minute forty seconds into the flight.
Atlantis flexing its muscles one final time.
Atlantis traveling almost 2600 miles an hour -- 21 miles an altitude 24 miles down range.
Standing by for solid rocket booster separation.
Booster officer confirms staging a good solid rocket booster separation.
Guidance now converging.
The main engine -- the shuttle on a pinpoint pass to its preliminary orbit.
Two minutes twenty seconds into the flight Atlantis already travelling 3200 miles an hour 35 miles an altitude fifty miles down range.
The propulsion officer reports the orbital maneuvering system engines have ignited.
Atlantis kicking on its after burners for one minute 23 seconds for the final phase of -- -- Atlantis two engine panel.
-- -- -- -- And did absolutely -- Perfect launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The weather could not hold it back the sun has peeked out from behind the clouds.
And Atlantis has made its way you can see the picture the live picture of the curvature of the earth.
And Atlantis is already so far.
Away from Kennedy Space -- Tom Jones former astronaut is with a slot here what -- site.
Look at the back when the shuttle launch -- that plain spoken.
First happening and you realize what power.
Ship and I think that that Russian -- is going to be felt like this through the -- -- -- years before we feel another one.
Let ducks next generation of explorers and -- on the shuttle's legacy and I'm looking forward -- them.
What right now of there this was this was one of those mornings when they didn't really know what was gonna happen but I guess you have to be ready.
That's be ready and I admire the professionalism of the team that got ready.
Today they'll weather the weather -- or not they -- sure everything technically was done to be ready to seize the opportunity when that window opened up they took.
Continuing coverage of the final -- of shuttle Atlantis for the space shuttle program.
As this special edition of Fox News continues in just a moment -- -- Smith -- Kennedy Space Center in Florida and it's great to have you with us for a day of history.
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