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Atlantis docks with space station

By the CNN Wire staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Atlantis' docking continues historic final mission
  • Crew will deliver supplies and spare parts to space station
  • Mission, which may be extended, lifted off Friday

(CNN) -- Atlantis docked with the International Space Station Sunday morning as part of a historic mission marking the final flight of the U.S. shuttle program.

Atlantis' four-member crew will deliver supplies and spare parts to the space station, and pick up a broken pump and transport it back to Earth for inspection, NASA said on its website. The shuttle docked at 11:07 a.m. ET.

The four-member crew blasted off Friday at 11:29 a.m. on what was originally planned to be a 12-day mission, the last in the nation's 30-year shuttle program.

NASA will likely try to extend the mission by one day, said Mike Gerstenmaier, the associate administrator.

 
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