[sarex] SHUTTLE MOVES TO LAUNCH PAD
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Wed Aug 2 14:01:37 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
Aug. 2, 2006
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS MOVES TO LAUNCH PAD
The Space Shuttle Atlantis arrived at its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy
Space Center, Fla., at 8:54 a.m. EDT Wednesday on top of a giant
vehicle known as the crawler transporter.
After two days of weather delays, the crawler transporter began
carrying Atlantis out of Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 1:05
a.m. Wednesday. The crawler's maximum speed during the 4.2-mile
journey reached 1 mph.
While at the pad, the shuttle will undergo final testing, payload
installation and a "hot fire" test of auxiliary power units to ensure
proper function. When testing is completed, the rotating service
structure will be moved around the vehicle to protect it from the
The launch window for the Atlantis mission to the International Space
Station opens on Sunday, Aug. 27. The mission, designated STS-115,
will be the first to perform a major expansion of the station since
For information about the STS-115 mission and its crew, visit:
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