NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center right on time at 2:20 p.m. EDT, rising into a picture-perfect Florida sky and capping a relatively problem-free countdown.
The final planned mission of space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for 12 days. Its prime payloads destined for the International Space Station are the second of two Russian Mini-Research Modules and additional spare parts, including a set of batteries for the
station’s truss and a high-powered dish antenna assembly. Atlantis will take the standard two-day before docking with at the International Space Station on Sunday morning, May 16.