[sarex] NASA GIVES 'GO' FOR SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS' LAUNCH
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Wed Aug 16 16:29:33 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
Aug. 16, 2006
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
NASA GIVES 'GO' FOR SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS' LAUNCH
NASA senior managers on Wednesday unanimously voted to launch the
Space Shuttle Atlantis on Aug. 27. Commander Brent Jett and his five
crewmates are scheduled to lift off at 4:30 p.m. EDT on the STS-115
mission, which restarts construction of the International Space
The launch date was announced after the Flight Readiness Review, a
traditional meeting in which top NASA managers and engineers
determine whether the shuttle's complex array of equipment, support
systems and procedures are ready for flight and assess any risks
associated with the mission.
"It was an honor to work with this team, a thrill to see another FRR,"
said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. "It was a great review, and
I look forward to a great launch."
"The teams have done a great job of getting us here. We still have
some minor open work in front of us. We look forward to the return to
assembly," said Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill
Gerstenmaier, who chaired the Flight Readiness Review.
Joining Commander Jett aboard shuttle Atlantis will be Pilot Chris
Ferguson, mission specialists Joe Tanner, Dan Burbank, Heide
Stefanyshyn-Piper and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Steve MacLean.
The crew will install the P3/P4 truss, a girder-like structure, aboard
the station. The new piece will include a set of giant solar arrays,
batteries and associated electronics. There will be three spacewalks
to hook up the truss and prepare the arrays for operation.
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