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Smoke and steam billow across Launch Pad 39A as Space Shuttle Atlantis hurtles into the sky on mission STS-117 to the International Space Station.

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Smoke and steam billow across Launch Pad 39A as Space Shuttle Atlantis, trailing columns of fire from the solid rocket boosters, hurtles into the sky on mission STS-117 to the International Space Station. At right is the water tank that provides the deluge over the mobile launcher platform for sound suppression during liftoff. Liftoff was on-time at 7:38:04 p.m. EDT.The shuttle is delivering a new segment to the starboard side of the International Space Station's backbone, known as the truss. Three spacewalks are planned to install the S3/S4 truss segment, deploy a set of solar arrays and prepare them for operation. STS-117 is the 118th space shuttle flight, the 21st flight to the station, the 28th flight for Atlantis and the first of four flights planned for 2007. Photo courtesy of Nikon/Scott Andrews

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  • Title: Smoke and steam billow across Launch Pad 39A as Space Shuttle Atlantis hurtles into the sky on mission STS-117 to the International Space Station.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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