Preparing for Takeoff

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Space shuttle Atlantis has been
cleared for liftoff.

Mission managers on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for the countdown to proceed toward Friday afternoon's planned launch.

It will be 32nd and final flight for Atlantis.

Everything is looking good for an on-time launch at 2:20 p.m.

Managers are tracking no technical troubles, and forecasters say
there's a 70 percent chance the weather will cooperate.

Atlantis will carry up spare parts for the International Space

Only two shuttle missions remain after this one.

NASA is retiring its three shuttles to focus on new technologies and
rockets that could one day get astronauts to asteroids and Mars.

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