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Amazing Space Shuttle Atlantis Video.

In Atlantis, Florida, Humans, International, lift off, science, space, space video, UFO, United States, USA, World News on June 9, 2007 at 6:37 pm

The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a construction mission to the International Space Station on Friday, ending a three-month grounding to repair the ship’s hail-battered fuel tank.

The launch bolstered NASA’s hopes of finishing work on the slightly more than half-built $100 billion orbital research outpost before the aging shuttles are retired in three years.

Bathed in golden light from the setting sun, Atlantis and its seven-man crew lifted off at 7:38 p.m. EDT (2338 GMT) from a newly refurbished launch pad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

The shuttle is carrying the heaviest payload ever flown to the space station — a 45-foot-(14-metre) long, 35,678-pound (16,183 kg) aluminum structure that will become part of the station’s structural backbone.

It includes a pair of solar wings that will generate additional electricity needed as the station is expanded in the years ahead.

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