NASA launches space shuttle Atlantis

Atlantis blasted off Monday carrying vital supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station to extend its life past the 2010 retirement of the aging shuttle fleet. Atlantis launched at 2:28 pm local time from the Kennedy Space Center near Florida's Cape Canaveral carrying six astronauts and some 27,000 pounds Exception : '12,300 kilos' has an invalid token. of gyroscopes, ammonia tanks and other equipment.