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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis roared off its launch pad in Florida Friday and zoomed toward the International Space Station on its final mission.

Just before liftoff from Kennedy Space Center, Launch Director Mike Lienbach wished the six crew members "good luck and Godspeed" and told them to "have some fun out there."

Atlantis reached orbit without incident and was on its way toward the space station at about 17,500 mph, NASA said. The three main engines were shut off and Commander Ken Ham and his crew were to use smaller orbital maneuvering system engines to lift the shuttle higher into space for its two-day pursuit of the space station.

Atlantis lifted off and cleared the launch tower at 2:20:50 p.m. EDT and at 2:23:33 p.m. the twin solid rocket boosters fell away as designed, allowing the three main engines to push the spacecraft faster and higher.

In the minutes leading to liftoff, NASA engineers resolved concerns about the discovery of a ball bearing near the shuttle's payload bay.

The all-male shuttle crew members are on a 12-day mission to deliver an integrated cargo carrier and a Russian-built research module. The are to return to Earth May 26.

Just two shuttle flights are scheduled after Atlantis lifts off -- one flight by Discovery and one by Endeavour. NASA plans to end the 3-decade-old program by the end of this year.

The station is to remain operational until at least 2020 with NASA astronauts reaching it via Russian Soyuz spaceships until private companies develop spacecraft that can reliably ferry people into space.

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Violence continues to flourish through the streets of Iraq as the country remains in political uncertainty since national elections in March. On May 10, 2010 a wave of shootings and bombings directed at security forces and civilians killed nearly 100 people and injured at least 300 in Iraq, the deadliest attack since elections took place.

Collected below are 11 images from the most devastating car bomb attacks on Iraq since 2004.

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Khumbha Mela is a massive fair where Hindus gather to bath in the Ganga river. The pilgrimage takes place every three years, rotating amongst four different locations in India, depending on the position of Jupiter and the sun. This year the festival is held in Haradwar as the sun is in Aries. It lasts for 42 days attracting millions of people. In 1998, when Khumbha was in Haradwar attendance was reported being ten millions. Devotees believe that taking a bath in the river will wash their sins away so they begin life anew.
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The clean energy economy is emerging as one of the great global economic and environmental opportunities of the 21st century. In a recent report, The Pew Charitable Trusts, an American nonprofit organization, reports which are the world’s leaders in the clean energy industry, over the past four years.
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Sunny skies and superstars and the U.S. first couple greeted thousands of youngsters and the young-at-heart for the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House.
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