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Liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis

An exhaust cloud begins to form around space shuttle Atlantis as it springs into action from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff on its STS-129 mission came at 2:28 p.m. EST Nov. 16.

 

Image credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Nov. 16, 2009

 

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Taken on November 16, 2009