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STS-115 Launch Day Image Gallery

09.09.06

Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39B+ View High-res
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With a fiery liftoff, Space Shuttle Atlantis rumbles off the launch pad for a rendezvous with the International Space Station on mission STS-115. Photo credit: NASA/Dennis Sabo
Space Shuttle Atlantis launches off the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center+ View High-res
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With applause and cheers from the onlookers, Space Shuttle Atlantis roars off the launch pad for a rendezvous with the International Space Station on mission STS-115. In the foreground is the countdown clock, marking launch and mission-elapsed time, on the grounds of the NASA News Center. Photo credit: NASA/Debbie Odom
Space Shuttle Atlantis launches from pad 39B+ View High-res
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Space Shuttle Atlantis leaps off the launch pad past the lightning mast on top of the fixed service structure at left. Atlantis is heading for space and its rendezvous with the International Space Station on mission STS-115. Photo courtesy of Nikon/Scott Andrews
Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach prepares for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis+ View High-res
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In Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center, Shuttle Launch Director, Mike Leinbach (standing) prepares for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-115 mission, lifting off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The launch was on time, with liftoff at 11:14:55 a.m. EDT. Over the 11-day mission, the six-member crew will perform three spacewalks to install the P3/P4 integrated truss and solar arrays on the station, doubling the current power generating capability of the orbiting outpost. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin watches Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-115 mission, lifting off+ View High-res
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In Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin watches Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-115 mission, lifting off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The launch was on time, with liftoff at 11:14:55 a.m. EDT. Over the 11-day mission, the six-member crew will perform three spacewalks to install the P3/P4 integrated truss and solar arrays on the station, doubling the current power generating capability of the orbiting outpost. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin watches Space Shuttle Atlantis lifting off.+ View High-res
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In Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin watches Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-115 mission, lifting off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The launch was on time, with liftoff at 11:14:55 a.m. EDT. Over the 11-day mission, the six-member crew will perform three spacewalks to install the P3/P4 integrated truss and solar arrays on the station, doubling the current power generating capability of the orbiting outpost. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
The Atlantis astronauts get ready to board the Astrovan.+ View High-res
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The STS-115 mission crew happily heads to NASA's silver Astrovan for the 20-minute ride to Launch Pad 39B. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
The STS-115 mission crew exits the Operations and Checkout Building to board the Astrovan to Launch Pad 39B.+ View High-res
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After suiting up, the STS-115 mission crew exits the Operations and Checkout Building to board the Astrovan to Launch Pad 39B. On the left, front to back, are Pilot Christopher Ferguson and Mission Specialists Steven MacLean and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper. On the right, front to back, are Commander Brent Jett and Mission Specialists Daniel Burbank and Joseph Tanner. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley
STS-115 Mission Specialists Joseph Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper pose while suiting.+ View High-res
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In the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-115 Mission Specialists Joseph Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper pose while suiting up for the ride to Launch Pad 39B. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley
The STS-115 astronauts sit at the traditional pre-launch breakfast table+ View High-res
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The crew of mission STS-115 enjoy the traditional breakfast before their second attempt to launch on Space Shuttle Atlantis. Seated left to right are Mission Specialists Joseph Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Pilot Christopher Ferguson, Commander Brent Jett and Mission Specialists Steven MacLean and Daniel Burbank. MacLean is with the Canadian Space Agency. Following the breakfast, the crew will don their launch suits before heading to Launch Pad 39B. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett





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