Space Shuttle Mission STS-115 Orbiter
: Atlantis Mission
: Space Station Assembly Mission 12A Payload
: P3/P4 Integrated Truss Segment Launch Date
: Sept. 9, 2006 Launch Time
: 11:15 a.m. EDT Launch Pad
: 39B Mission Duration
: 11 days 19 hours 6 minutes and 35 seconds Landing Date
: Sept. 21, 2006 Landing Time
: 6:21 a.m. EDT A Mission to Build On
Neither lightening bolts, nor a tropical storm, nor tricky technical challenges could ultimately keep Space Shuttle Atlantis and the STS-115 astronauts from their appointed mission: resuming construction of the International Space Station. Image at Right: Atlantis lifts off into a clear blue Florida sky. Image Credit: NASA + View Larger Image
Pressing on after several delays caused by both weather and technical problems, the patience and persistence of the crew and missions managers finally paid off when Atlantis roared off its seaside launch pad, piercing the vivid blue Florida sky. Cheers and tears from crowds of workers and spectators accompanied the long-awaited and successful liftoff.
Carrying its six-member crew safely home after a successful 12-day mission, Atlantis made a perfect landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Commander Brent Jett and Pilot Chris Ferguson guided the ship as it made its steep descent from space into the predawn darkness, concluding their mission to install the P3/P4 integrated truss segment on the space station. Image Above: Atlantis glides to a pre-dawn touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility. Image Credit: NASA + View Larger Image