Saturday, September 09, 2006

Space shuttle STS-115 launches safely

Space shuttle Atlantis has lifted off safely from Cape Canaveral in Florida. STS-115, commanded by Brent W Jett, lifted off at 15:15 GMT and is the first mission for Atlantis since 2002. It will dock with the International Space Station and NASA is set to continue building the Station, marking the first time in almost four years that a space station component has been added to the orbiting outpost. During their three spacewalks, crew members of Atlantis will install the P3/P4 integrated truss and a second set of solar arrays on the space station, doubling the station’s current ability to generate power from sunlight and adding 17.5 tonnes to its mass. [NASAPosted by Picasa

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