Cape Canaveral, Florida
Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on Saturday with six astronauts on a mission to resume construction of the International Space Station for the first time since the Columbia disaster three-and-a-half-years ago.
Atlantis carries a heavy payload -- a 17.5 tonne truss section that will be added to the yet to be completed space station.
The blast off happened at 2045 IST (11:15 am local time).
Scientists monitored the take off via numerous cameras to watch out for any trouble.
The scrutiny is very essential since the previous shuttle on a mission to the International Space Station, Columbia, crashed due to a problem that arose after hard foam broke off the external fuel tank.