Shuttle Atlantis streaks across the black, morning sky as it lifted off from the coast of Florida heading out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Click on image for full size
Courtesy of NASA
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.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
on science education, classroom activities in The Earth Scientist
specimens, and educational games
You might also be interested in:
It was another exciting and frustrating year for the space science program. It seemed that every step forward led to one backwards. Either way, NASA led the way to a great century of discovery. Unfortunately,...more
The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on October 29th at 2:19 p.m. EST. The sky was clear and the weather was great. This was the America's 123rd manned space mission. A huge...more
Scientists found a satellite orbiting the asteroid, Eugenia. This is the second one ever! A special telescope allows scientists to look through Earth's atmosphere. The first satellite found was Dactyl....more
The United States wants Russia to put the service module in orbit! The module is part of the International Space Station. It was supposed to be in space over 2 years ago. Russia just sent supplies to the...more
A coronal mass ejection (CME) happened on the Sun last month. The material that was thrown out from this explosion passed the ACE spacecraft. ACE measured some exciting things as the CME material passed...more
Trees and plants are a very important part of this Earth. Trees and plants are nature's air conditioning because they help keep our Earth cool. On a summer day, walking bare-foot on the sidewalk burns,...more
There is something special happening in the night sky. Through mid-May, you will be able to see five planets at the same time! This doesn't happen very often, so you won't want to miss this. Use the links...more