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Shuttle Atlantis Processing Picks Up The Pace

File photo of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.
by Staff Writers
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Feb 08, 2007
NASA mission managers say final checks have been completed and space shuttle Atlantis is ready to leave the Orbiter Processing Facility. NASA officials say the the vehicle has been powered down in preparation for its move Wednesday to the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center. Workers are completing final closeout operations on the external tank and solid rocket boosters in the Vehicle Assembly Building to ready the rocket assembly for mating to the orbiter.

The flight of space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station on mission STS-117 is scheduled for March 15, a day earlier than originally planned.

The Atlantis crew is to install a new truss segment, retract a set of solar arrays and unfold a new set on the starboard side of the space station.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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Space Shuttle Launch Rescheduled
Cape Canaveral FL (UPI) Jan 29, 2007
NASA says the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station on mission STS-117 will occur March 15 -- one day earlier than planned. NASA officials at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida said the orbiter is scheduled to move to the Vehicle Assembly Building Feb. 7 for mating with the external tank and solid rocket boosters. NASA said the canister that holds the space station's S3/S4 solar arrays has been "fit tested" and is to be transported to the pad Feb. 18.







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