Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched on its maiden flight from Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island in Cape Canaveral, Florida. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Orbiter 104 Atlantis on mission 51-J. Crowd watches the lift-off as Atlantis embarks on its first flight. Space Shuttle Challenger is also seen parked in the foreground, approximately 4 months before its final tragic flight.
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