Birds [ http://www.pbs.org/lifeofbirds/ ] don't fly this high. Airplanes [ http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/background/ ] don't go this fast. The Statue of Liberty [ http://www.nps.gov/stli/ ] weighs less. No species [ http://www.sp2000.org/ ] other than human can even comprehend what is going on, nor could any human [ http://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/visible/photos.html ] just a millennium ago [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap010101.html ]. The launch of a rocket [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap041212.html http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/TRC/Rockets/history_of_rockets.html ] bound for space is an event that inspires awe [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap021023.html ] and challenges description. Pictured above [ http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/sts-104/images/captions/KSC-01PP-1284.html ], the Space Shuttle Atlantis [ http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/resources/orbiters/atlantis.html ] lifted off to visit the International Space Station [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap021208.html ] during the early morning hours of 2001 July 12. From a standing start, the two million kilogram rocket ship left [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap010219.html ] to circle the Earth [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap010204.html ] where the outside air is too thin to breathe and where there is little noticeable onboard gravity [ http://microgravity.grc.nasa.gov/ ]. Rockets [ http://www.howstuffworks.com/rocket1.htm ] bound for space are now launched [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap021023.html ] from somewhere on Earth about once a week [ http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/launches/launch_schedule.html ].