June 24, 2011
Flames from the solid rocket boosters light up the clouds of smoke and steam trailing behind Space Shuttle Atlantis as it lifts off into the pre-dawn sky on mission STS-101. Liftoff occurred on time at 6:11:10 a.m. (EDT), May 19, 2000. The mission is taking the crew of seven to the International Space Station to deliver logistics and supplies as well as to prepare the Station for the arrival of the Zvezda Service Module, expected to be launched by Russia in July 2000. Also, the crew will conduct one space walk and will reboost the space station from 230 statute miles to 250 statute miles. This will be the third assembly flight to the Space Station. After a 10-day mission, landing is targeted for May 29 at 2:19 a.m. (EDT). This is the 98th Shuttle flight and the 21st flight for Shuttle Atlantis.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, STS-101, STS-124, STS-106, Edwards Air Force Base, Space Shuttle, Manned spacecraft, United States