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12:22pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Countdown To Atlantis Lift-Off: Bittersweet Cheers

Counting down to NASA's final space shuttle launch Friday, Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne share footage from the shuttle program's roaring start 30 years ago. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports a celebratory but bittersweet mood at Kennedy Space Center, and NPR's Greg Allen reports from crowds viewing the launchpad from Florida's Space Coast. And finally, Greenfieldboyce narrates the lift-off.

11:58am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Endeavour Astronaut Weighs In As Atlantis Gets Set

The crew was strapped in for the final launch of space shuttle Atlantis, set to blast off at 11:26 ET on a 12-day mission that will end NASA's shuttle program. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne talk with NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce, who has a view of the launchpad and an eye on the sky at Kennedy Space Center. She gets a visit from astronaut Mike Fink, who flew on the shuttle Endeavour's final mission just last month. The hosts also check in with NPR's Greg Allen, who's among the thousands gathered on Florida's Space Coast to watch the final launch.

11:37am

Fri July 8, 2011
Solar manufacturing

Growth for Abound Solar Heats Up in Colorado and Midwest

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A Colorado company that makes solar panels says its plans to start production at an Indiana facility are on track.  And Abound Solar is expanding its capacity within Colorado too.

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8:21am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Bad Weather Hangs Over Kennedy Space Center

The space shuttle Atlantis is fueled and the astronauts are waiting to see if there will be a launch Friday. The weather could delay the final bast off of a shuttle. After 30 years, NASA is ending the program. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce and Wade Goodwyn talk to Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne about the mission.

7:47am

Fri July 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Court Rules Against Dillard's In Hot Dog Case

Nolan Koewler was fired from a Dillard's department store in Evansville, Ind., after July 4, 2010. He'd taken two leftover hot dogs after a company picnic. After losing his job, Koewler sued. He said he didn't hear his boss's instructions to save them. Indiana's Court of Appeals has ordered the store to pay him unemployment benefits.

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