[sarex] Shuttle Atlantis Moves to Pad, Crew Ready for Countdown Test
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> Feb. 15, 2007
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> Jessica Rye
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> SHUTTLE ATLANTIS MOVES TO PAD, CREW READY FOR COUNTDOWN TEST
> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The space shuttle Atlantis arrived at its
> launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 3:09 p.m. EST on
> top of the giant vehicle known as the crawler transporter. The next
> milestone for the upcoming mission, STS-117, is a full launch dress
> rehearsal as the six-member crew prepares to continue building the
> International Space Station.
> The crawler transporter began carrying Atlantis out of Kennedy's
> Vehicle Assembly Building at 8:19 a.m. It traveled just under 1 mph
> during the 3.4 mile journey.
> While at the pad, the shuttle will undergo final testing, payload
> installation and a "hot fire" test of auxiliary power units. When
> testing is completed, the rotating service structure will be moved
> around the vehicle for protection.
> Atlantis' targeted launch date is March 15. During the 11-day mission,
> the 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. The
> launch marks the first liftoff from Pad 39A in four years.
> The astronauts and ground crews for the mission will participate in a
> launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration
> test, Feb. 21 to 23 at Kennedy. The test provides the crew of each
> shuttle mission with an opportunity to participate in various
> simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization
> and emergency egress training.
> The crew includes Commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Lee Archambault and
> mission specialists Jim Reilly, Patrick Forrester, Steven Swanson and
> John "Danny" Olivas.
> Media Events (All Times Eastern)
> Feb. 21 - STS-117 Crew Arrival: The crew will arrive at 1 p.m. at the
> Shuttle Landing Facility and make a statement. Media should arrive at
> Kennedy's News Center by noon for transportation to the facility. The
> arrival will be carried live NASA TV coverage.
> Feb. 22 - STS-117 Crew Media Q&A: The crew of Atlantis will take media
> questions at Launch Pad 39A at 7:40 a.m. Media must arrive at the
> News Center by 6:30 a.m. for transportation to the launch pad. The
> session will be carried live on NASA TV.
> Feb. 23 - STS-117 Crew Walkout Photo Opportunity: The astronauts will
> depart from the Operations and Checkout Building at 7:45 a.m. in
> their flight entry suits in preparation for the countdown
> demonstration test at the launch pad. Media need to arrive at the
> News Center by 6:45 a.m. to cover the event. There will be no live
> NASA TV coverage.
> For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming
> video, visit:
> For information about the STS-117 mission and crew, visit:
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