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Nov 2, 2012 4:57 AM by Associated Press

Final 10-mile trek for space shuttle Atlantis

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Atlantis makes its final journey Friday.

Around sunrise, the last shuttle to blast into orbit will begin its 10-mile road trip from one part of Florida's Kennedy Space Center to another. It will travel atop a 76-wheeled platform out of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building to the space center visitor complex. There will be stops along the way for a ceremony and public viewing. A few dozen astronauts will join in, including the last crew to fly aboard Atlantis. The trip will take all day.

Atlantis is the last space shuttle to leave the coop. Discovery left for the Smithsonian in Virginia in April. Endeavour headed to California in September.

The operator of Kennedy's visitor complex, Delaware North, is footing the bill for the $100 million Atlantis exhibit.

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