The Space Shuttle Atlantis on its launch début!  T minus 6 days and counting…and this great ship will take our breath away and captivate our spirit one last time.  Atlantis (OV-104) was delivered to Kennedy Space Center in April 1985, and lifted off on its maiden voyage on October 3, 1985…”So much of life in the world is memory…That the moment of the happening itself…So much with noise and smoke and rising clear…To vanish at the limit of our vision…Into the light blue light of afternoon.”     - Poet Howard Nemerov, after witnessing the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis