Few things are as stirring as watching a shuttle lift-off. The pinnacle of human engineering, able to carry tens of thousands of pounds of equipment and people into orbit.
The pure fury of the engines firing and slowly pushing the shuttle, fuel tank, and boosters off the pad is a modern marvel.
If things stay on track, we are entering the end of the age of the shuttle. This is one of the last few lift-offs, with the final flight scheduled for September of 2010.
Shuttle Atlantis lift-off on November 16th, just past 2:28pm. Photo courtesy of NASA
Watch the full lift-off here and be in awe.