[sarex] Shuttle Atlantis Rolls Back to Launch Pad to Ride Out Ernesto
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Wed Aug 30 01:31:34 PDT 2006
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> Aug. 29, 2006
> Allard Beutel
> Headquarters, Washington
> Bruce Buckingham
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> RELEASE: 06-304
> SHUTTLE ATLANTIS ROLLS BACK TO LAUNCH PAD TO RIDE OUT ERNESTO
> NASA managers decided early Tuesday to move the Space Shuttle Atlantis
> from its launch pad into the Vehicle Assembly Building for protection
> from approaching Tropical Storm Ernesto, but later in the day, when
> the weather forecast improved, they reversed the decision and began
> moving Atlantis back to the pad.
> Assessments of updated weather forecasts convinced shuttle managers
> that Atlantis would be protected from the storm at the pad at NASA's
> Kennedy Space Center.
> Atlantis is expected to be locked down at the launch pad about 8 p.m.
> EDT Tuesday. The rotating service structure, which will surround the
> spacecraft and serve as a protective barrier from the storm, will be
> put around Atlantis about 30 minutes later.
> Depending on the effects of Ernesto on Kennedy, a new launch date for
> Atlantis' STS-115 mission to the International Space Station could be
> set once storm damage is evaluated and work resumes at the launch
> pad. A launch attempt may be possible next week.
> Kennedy is expected to close ahead of the storm late Tuesday and
> remain closed until at least Thursday. The center's emergency
> operations personnel will stay on-site to monitor the storm and make
> initial damage assessments after it passes.
> The STS-115 crew, Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson, mission
> specialists Joe Tanner, Dan Burbank, Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper and
> Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean, returned to NASA's Johnson Space
> Center Tuesday morning. Crew members would return to Kennedy after a
> new launch date is scheduled.
> 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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