It has happened. The final space shuttle launch took place several hours ago. Space shuttle Atlantis went on the final ever journey in the NASA space shuttle program. It is anybody’s guess as to when the next launch of a space vehicle from NASA will be, so we’d better treasure the memories. Space shuttle Atlantis is pictured on launch pad 39A after the Rotating Service Structure was rolled back at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida July 7, 2011. The space shuttle, carrying a crew of four and food and other supplies critical for the International Space Station, went into orbit on Friday on the final flight in the 30-year U.S. shuttle program. Vivica Eaton stands along route A1A displaying space shuttle Atlantis t-shirts to passing motorists in Cocoa Beach. Spectators applaud as they stand in the water in Titusville, Florida to watch the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis as it blasts off from Pad 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida July 8, 2011.