Space Shuttle Lifts Off Safely

Atlantis heads for space station loaded with spare parts
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2009 1:53 PM CST
Space Shuttle Lifts Off Safely
The crew of space shuttle Atlantis leaves for the ride out to board the shuttle today at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.   (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Space shuttle Atlantis took off without a hitch this afternoon, departing Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the International Space Station. After a cloudy morning, the weather improved and the spacecraft lifted off on schedule at 2:28pm, carrying six astronauts—half of them first-timers in space—and two carriers filled with spare parts for the ISS, reports
(Read more space shuttle stories.)

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