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Space shuttle Atlantis hurtles into the sky atop a column of fire and smoke on the STS-122 mission.

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Through a partly cloudy sky, space shuttle Atlantis hurtles into the sky, atop a column of fire and smoke, on the STS-122 mission. Liftoff was on time at 2:45 p.m. EST. This is the third launch attempt for Atlantis since December 2007 to carry the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station. During the 11-day mission, the crew's prime objective is to attach the laboratory to the Harmony module, adding to the station's size and capabilities. Photo credit: NASA/Fletch Hildreth

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  • Title: Space shuttle Atlantis hurtles into the sky atop a column of fire and smoke on the STS-122 mission.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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