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Locals witness historic launch

Two local children were among about one million people at the liftoff of the space shuttle Atlantis July 8 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, witnessing the 135th and final flight of the 30-year-old space shuttle program. Amber and Wade Castleberry, children of Vikki Trice and grandchildren of Lynda Sue Trice, all of Barnesville, were VIP visitors for the shuttle launch last Friday. Passes were provided by a high school classmate of Lynda Sue Trice, Roy Bridges Jr. He is a retired U.S. Air Force major general and director of engineering and science services for the Northrop Grumman technical services systems support group. He was previously an astronaut and director of NASA. ’They were just across the river, about 3.5 miles from the shuttle.’ Both Amber and Wade said, ‘˜It was awesome!’,’ said Trice.

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