Image description: We have liftoff! Space shuttle Atlantis launches into history from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Aboard are four astronauts; Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim delivering the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts for the orbiting outpost.
Photo by Fletcher Hildreth/NASA
View more photos from the shuttle launch from NASA.
The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off at 11:26 a.m. EDT. It will be the last space shuttle mission.
“Moving HTV to a new docking port" by European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli on Flickr.
You can help decide which songs will wake up astronauts on the next space shuttle mission.
The NASA Space Rock Committee invited musicians to write songs to awaken shuttle astronauts and received 1,350 original songs. The committee has narrowed the songs down to 10 finalists and needs your vote to pick the winners. The two songs that receive the most votes will be played to the astronauts in space to wake them up each day.
Voting is open from now until the expected shuttle launch on April 19th. Cast your vote!