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Countdown to the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-122). Mid-wide shot and then close up of the left side of the main engines as they ignite and come to full power. The hold down bolts are released and the shuttle jumps off the pad in a wide shot. A second wide shot show its roll program as the shuttle rises on a column of smoke and fire. Houston now controlling.... Roger roll Atlantis says the downlink audio. An onboard belly camera view of the shuttle's heat shield and the main fuel tank. The launch pad at the Cape can be seen directly below it as it rises. Close up telephoto view of the solid rocket boosters and the tail of the shuttle as it passes into a cloudy haze. Slightly wider telephoto view of the shuttle continuing to climb - passing its three mile altitude mark as the three main engines throttle back. Second belly and tank shot and other views as Atlantis goes with throttle up. Commentary names the crew. Further telephoto views as it reaches 16 miles downrange and a speed of 2000 miles an hour. A rather shaky telephoto view loses its lock on the shuttle before the shot cuts to a more stable view in time for solid rocket booster separation which we watch through to the end of the clip.
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