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Filling the ground with billows of smoke and steam Space Shuttle Atlantis speeds toward space on STS-106.

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Filling the ground with billows of smoke and steam created by the flaming solid rocket boosters, Space Shuttle Atlantis speeds toward space on mission STS-106. The perfect on-time liftoff occurred at 8:45:47 a.m. EDT. On the 11-day mission to the International Space Station, the seven-member crew will perform support tasks on orbit, transfer supplies and prepare the living quarters in the newly arrived Zvezda Service Module. The first long-duration crew, dubbed “Expedition One,” is due to arrive at the Station in late fall. Landing of Atlantis is targeted for 4:45 a.m. EDT on Sept. 19

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  • Title: Filling the ground with billows of smoke and steam Space Shuttle Atlantis speeds toward space on STS-106.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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