Space Shuttle Launch Draws Jimmy Buffet, Gloria Estefan

11:32 AM PST 07/08/2011 by Sofia M. Fernandez
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Mandalay's Peter Guber is also among the industry players who were given VIP status at Friday's Atlantis take-off.

Friday's Space Shuttle Atlantis launch drew a number of high-profile names from the world of entertainment. Everyone from Jimmy Buffet to Geraldo Rivera to Mandalay Entertainment's Peter Guber was allowed access to the Kennedy Space Center's special viewing area, according to NASA's list of VIP approvals.

Other space buffs on the list? Hercules star Kevin Sorbo, singer Gloria Estefan, musicians Diana Krall and Alan Parsons, composer James Horner and PBS honcho Paula Kerger. Apple's Steve Wozniak, Fox News' Geraldo Rivera and veteran actor Barry Corbin (The Closer, No Country for Old Men).

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Politicians came out in droves as well, including Florida Governor Rick Scott, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, Calif. Representative Grace Napolitano, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.

The Kennedy clan was represented as well, with Ted Kennedy Jr., Kiley Kennedy and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on the VIP list.

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The Atlantis lifted off for its final voyage to the International Space Station at 11:26 ET on Friday with four crew members who will perform various experiments. The mission marks the end of NASA's space shuttle program.

The launch was carried live by CBS News and several other networks. It is the focus of a Science Channel special airing Friday night as well.

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