July 25, 2011
Space Shuttle Atlantis leaps clear of the billowing steam and smoke on Launch Pad 39B after an on-time liftoff of 3:46 p.m. EDT on mission STS-112. Along with a crew of six, Atlantis carries the S1 Integrated Truss Structure and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart A. The CETA is the first of two human-powered carts that will ride along the ISS railway, providing mobile work platforms for future spacewalking astronauts. On the 11-day mission, three spacewalks are planned to attach the S1 truss.
Topics: STS-112, Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, KSC, Harman On Time Radio, Integrated Truss Structure, STS-119, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Expedition 6, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle program