(AP) - Space shuttle Atlantis thundered into
orbit Saturday with no obvious damage from debris to worry NASA
or the six-member crew as they prepared to resume construction
of the international space station for the first time since the
2003 Columbia disaster.
After two weeks of delays due to storms and
technical glitches, Atlantis rose from its seaside pad through a
partly cloudy sky at 11:15 a.m. NASA Administrator Michael
Griffin declared the launch "majestic."
"It was worth the wait and we're ready to get to
work," said Atlantis commander Brent Jett.