Shuttle Atlantis streaks across the black, morning sky as it lifted off from the coast of Florida heading out over the Atlantic Ocean.
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Atlantis Soars to the ISS
News story originally written on July 13, 2001
The Shuttle Atlantis lifted off early in the morning on Thursday, July 12th.
Atlantis is carrying a crew of 5 astronauts and a new Joint Airlock. The shuttle will meet up with the International Space Station later tonight.
The main purpose of this shuttle mission is to connect the Joint Airlock to the ISS. This new piece of the space station will let astronauts go on future spacewalks outside the station.
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