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July 20th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Live from space: Atlantis astronauts talk preparation for shuttle's final landing on Earth

Astronauts on the shuttle Atlantis have begun to wrap up the shuttle's final mission today in preparation for their return to Earth tomorrow morning, set to occur at 5:56am ET.

The conclusion of this mission marks the end of NASA's revered shuttle program, which has been in operation since the Columbia launched into space 30 years ago.

Since then, five shuttles have taken 130 flights, carrying more than 350 people into space and traveling more than half a billion miles.

Today on American Morning:Wake Up Call, STS-135 commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley and mission specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus join Ali Velshi live from space to share their thoughts on NASA's final mission and to weigh in about the future of space travel and exploration.

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