In Firing Room 4 of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center, NASA's space shuttle launch director Michael Leinbach presents members of the United Space Alliance Midbody Team for space shuttle Atlantis with the Launch Director's Flow Award, a plaque emblazoned with the logo for Atlantis' STS-129 mission. The award recognizes the team's superior work in reconfiguring the shuttle's payload bay between STS-125, the last Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, and the current STS-129 mission to the International Space Station. From left are midbody lead Jim Reed, midbody thermal control system technician Chris Oliver, midbody planner and payload operations representative for STS-129 Steve Durnin, Orbiter Processing Facility-1 midbody supervisor Bobby Pracek, and Leinbach.
Liftoff of Atlantis from Launch Pad 39A on its STS-129 mission to the International Space Station came at 2:28 p.m. EST Nov. 16. For information on the STS-129 mission and crew, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett