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Shuttle Atlantis At The Pad For Final Hubble Mission

Image above: Space shuttle Atlantis stands poised on the launch pad after its trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building. Image credit: NASA
by Staff Writers
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Sep 05, 2008
On Thursday afternoon, space shuttle Atlantis arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, after its slow roll along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly Building.

In an early-morning meeting, managers cleared the shuttle's move after a weather briefing on the status of Tropical Storm Hanna that determined the storm would remain far enough off shore.

Atlantis' crew members are set for an equipment test Friday at Kennedy in preparation for their mission to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

The telescope has already rewritten the books on astronomy and will remain operational for at least another five years following the upgrades. Atlantis is targeted to launch Oct. 8 on mission STS-125.

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Will NASA Retire The Space Shuttle In 2010
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Since the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) was announced in 2004, NASA has been planning to retire the Space Shuttle in 2010. After retirement the U.S. would have no human launch capability until at least 2015. When President Bush announced the VSE, Russian support for continued crew rotation launch services was assumed through the use of the Soyuz spacecraft.

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