Atlantis and crew launched at 2:28 p.m. EST on Nov. 16, on a mission to the International Space Station.
Liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis!Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:28:46 AM PST
Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of six astronauts are headed for space, ready to begin their 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The climb to orbit takes about 8 1/2 minutes.
Following a smooth countdown, with no technical issues and weather that steadily improved throughout the afternoon, the shuttle lifted off on time from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:28 p.m. EST.