Photos of NASA's Last Space Shuttle Launch

Lightning Strikes Near Shuttle Atlantis on Launch Pad


A pair of lightning strikes occurred near the space shuttle Atlantis on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on July 7. The first struck the water tower 515 feet from the pad and the second struck the beach area northeast of the pad. Early data indicate no issues with the shuttle or its systems. Credit: NASA

Clouds Over Shuttle Atlantis


Threatening clouds hover over the shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A on July 7.

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