ORLANDO, Fla. -- The final launch of NASA's space shuttle program has been set for the morning of July 8.
NASA announced Friday morning that shuttle Atlantis is targeted for an 11:40 a.m. EDT launch July 8 from Kennedy Space Center. That is a Friday.
It will be the 135th and final launch of the 30-year space shuttle program.
The space shuttle Endeavour, which launched Monday on the penultimate mission, is currently docked at the International Space Station. It's due back on Earth June 1.
Atlantis is scheduled for a 12-day mission, largely to provide equipment and supplies to the space station and to conduct maintenance. After that launch, all space station activity will be supported by Russian rockets, or perhaps by private rockets.
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