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Crowds flock to watch Atlantis' final countdown

NBC News' Jay Barbree is reporting that NASA weather and the space shuttle launch team says the final shuttle launch is ready. Thunderstorms are staying away and all hardware is working. If there are no last minute surprises, the final shuttle will lift off at 11:26:46 a.m. eastern time.

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Spur King from Armarillo, Texas, sleeps on the roof of a van in Titusville, Fla., as he waits to watch the launch of Space shuttle Atlantis.

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Space shuttle Atlantis, STS-135 crew members exit their quarters for travel to launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Clockwise from lower left are Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialist Sandra Magnus, Mission Specialist Rex Waldheim.

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People line a bridge in Titusville, Fla., as they wait to watch the launch of Space shuttle Atlantis on Friday.

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Rabbi Zvi Konikov of Satellite Beach Chabad in Brevard, Florida, prays at the press site at Kennedy Space Center before the launch of space shuttle Atlantis.

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Space shuttle Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson gestures as he is strapped into his seat aboard the orbiter on Friday, July 8.


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