Successful launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis
Saturday, September 9, 2006
Space Shuttle Atlantis successfully launched this morning after 4 years of inactivity. Liftoff, from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center occurred at 15:14:55 GMT, with the spacecraft reaching orbit about 8 1/2 minutes later. Television coverage included a live camera on the external fuel tank that remained on after separation.
The mission marks the resumption of the International Space Station assembly program, which began in 1998, but was halted after the Columbia disaster. The Shuttle, which is crewed by six astronauts, will install a truss section and solar panels at the space station.
- Irene Klotz. "Space shuttle finally lifts off from Florida" — , September 9, 2006
- "Atlantis space shuttle blasts off from Cape Canaveral" — , September 9, 2006
- Tariq Malik. "Liftoff! Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches on ISS Construction Mission" — , September 9, 2006
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