NASA fuels space shuttle Atlantis for final voyage
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — NASA is fueling space shuttle Atlantis for its final journey.

Atlantis is set to blast off Friday afternoon with 6 astronauts and a load of supplies for the International Space Station (ISS).

Forecasters say there’s a 70 % chance the weather will cooperate. Launch time is 2:20 p.m. Fueling operations began before dawn Friday, just as the astronauts were waking up.

The 12-day mission is the last one for Atlantis. Only 2 other flights remain by NASA’s 2 other shuttles, before they are all retired.

Atlantis rocketed into orbit for the 1st time in 1985. This will be its 32nd trip. The shuttle is loaded with fresh batteries and a Russian-built compartment for the space station.

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