Space shuttle Atlantis begins journey home

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Carried aboard a NASA 747, the space shuttle Atlantis begins its takeoff roll as it departs the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., enroute to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, beginning the last leg of STS-125, its mission to repair the Hubble space telescope, Monday, June 1, 2009

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The space shuttle Atlantis rides piggyback Monday, June 1, 2009, atop a modified 747 as they fly over Las Cruces, N.M., from Edwards Air Force Base in California to its eventual destination, the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla.