The last mission of the Space Shuttle Atlantis took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Friday morning. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to watch the launch of the final flight of the 30-year-old NASA program. The four-member crew will deliver parts, supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station on its 12-day mission. NASA decided to cancel the program last year in favour of directing resources to deep-space exploration. Private companies are in works with the agency to create an alternative space vehicle to shuttles.