[sarex] STS-117 - Mating to Begin
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*Mating to Begin *
Atlantis is suspended vertically in the Vehicle Assembly Building.
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Space Shuttle Atlantis hangs suspended in its sling in the transfer
aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. Preparations are underway to
lift the vehicle up into high bay 1, where it will be lowered onto the
mobile launcher platform for mating to the external tank and solid
The orbiter was transported to the Vehicle Assembly Building on
Wednesday. First motion was at 6:19 a.m. EST.
The rollover marks a milestone in the start of the vehicle's journey to
Launch Pad 39A, scheduled for Feb. 14. Mission STS-117 will be the first
launch at Pad 39A in four years.
The flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station
on mission STS-117 has been targeted for March 15, a day earlier than
On the next space shuttle flight to continue constructing the station,
the Atlantis crew will install a new truss segment, retract a set of
solar arrays and unfold a new set on the starboard side of the station.
Lessons learned from two previous missions will provide the astronauts
with new techniques and tools to perform their duties.
Commanding the Atlantis team is Frederick Sturckow, a veteran of two
shuttle missions (STS-88, STS-105), while Lee Archambault will be making
his first flight as the shuttle's pilot. Mission Specialists James
Reilly (STS-89, STS-104) and Patrick Forrester (STS-105) will be
returning to the station. Steven Swanson and John Olivas, both mission
specialists, join the crew for their first flight into space.
The mission astronauts will return to Kennedy a few weeks before liftoff
to participate in the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. During this
time they will practice launch activities, safety exercises, inspect the
payload and conclude with a simulated main engine cut-off exercise.
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