On November 16, 2009 the American Space Shuttle "Atlantis” (STS-129 flight) was launched from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's KennedySpaceCenter in Florida at (19.28 UTC).
The STS-129 crew portrait pictures on the front row are astronauts Charles Hobaugh (left), commander; and Barry Wilmore, pilot. From the left (back row) are astronauts Leland Melvin, Michael Foreman, Robert Satcher and Randolph Bresnik, all mission specialists.
Atlantis and its crew are delivering two control moment gyroscopes, equipment and EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 1 and 2 to the International Space Station. The mission will feature three spacewalks.The mission also will return station crew member Nicole Stott to Earth and is slated to be the final space shuttle crew rotation flight.
It is the 129th flight of American Space Shuttles as well as the 31st flight of Atlantis.