In one week, the Atlantis space shuttle will launch towards the international space station, closing 30 years of NASA shuttle missions. Launch date has been set for 08/07/2011 at 11:46 AM local California time. Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather to witness the historical launch event.4 crew members will deliver 3.5 tons of cargo to the space station. The Atlantis was technically approved for the journey. In case of malfunction en-route, the astronauts on board will have to spend 10 months on the international space station, waiting for a Russian shuttle to bring them back to Earth, since NASA has no other shuttle to send for their retrieval.