[sarex] NASA Decides to Move Shuttle Atlantis Off Launch Pad
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Tue Aug 29 12:14:07 PDT 2006
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> Aug. 29, 2006
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> Bruce Buckingham
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> RELEASE: 06-303
> NASA DECIDES TO MOVE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS OFF LAUNCH PAD
> NASA has decided to roll the Space Shuttle Atlantis off its launch pad
> and back inside the protection of the Vehicle Assembly Building at
> the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The roll back is targeted to start at
> approximately 10:05 a.m. EDT Tuesday.
> The decision was made due to Tropical Storm Ernesto's track. Ernesto
> is expected to bring high winds as it passes Kennedy.
> A new launch date is not yet scheduled for Atlantis' flight, STS-115,
> to the International Space Station. NASA and the Russian Federal
> Space Agency continue to discuss the timing of Atlantis' mission and
> the Soyuz spacecraft, which will send the next crew to the station in
> September. Factors to be considered are the lighting constraints for
> the shuttle launch and Soyuz landing and the timing for docking and
> undocking the spacecraft with the station. NASA is also investigating
> additional launch windows later in the fall.
> The STS-115 crew will return to NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston.
> Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson, and mission specialists
> Joe Tanner, Dan Burbank, Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper and Canadian
> astronaut Steve MacLean will continue training as they await a new
> target launch date.
> During STS-115, Atlantis' astronauts will deliver and install the
> 17.5-ton, bus-sized P3/P4 integrated truss segment on the station.
> The girder-like truss includes a set of giant solar arrays, batteries
> and associated electronics. The P3/P4 truss segment will provide
> one-fourth of the total power-generation capability for the completed
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