[sarex] NASA Starts Space Shuttle Atlantis Countdown June 5
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Fri Jun 1 13:53:45 PDT 2007
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> June 1, 2007
> John Yembrick
> Headquarters, Washington
> George Diller
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> NASA STARTS SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS COUNTDOWN JUNE 5
> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA will start the launch countdown for space
> shuttle Atlantis' STS-117 mission at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 5, at
> the T-43 hour point. The countdown includes 27 hours, 32 minutes of
> built-in hold time leading to a preferred launch time at
> approximately 7:38 p.m. EDT Friday, June 8. The launch window extends
> an additional five minutes.
> During the 11-day mission, Atlantis' crew will resume construction of
> the International Space Station, working with the station crew to
> install the girder-like S3/S4 truss segment, unfold a new set of
> solar arrays and retract one array on the starboard side of the
> A detailed list of launch countdown milestones and times is available
> This mission is the 118th space shuttle flight, the 28th flight for
> Atlantis and the 21st U.S. flight to the International Space Station.
> STS-117 is scheduled to land at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on
> Tuesday, June 19.
> Atlantis' last mission was STS-115 in September 2006. For the upcoming
> STS-117 mission, Atlantis rolled out to Launch Pad 39-A from
> Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building on May 15. Atlantis originally
> was targeted for launch in March, but a hail storm damaged foam
> insulation on the shuttle's external fuel tank and forced managers to
> roll the spacecraft back into the Vehicle Assembly Building to make
> repairs. With the refurbishment of Pad 39-A, this launch will be the
> first from the pad in four years.
> STS-117 Commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Lee Archambault and mission
> specialists Jim Reilly, Patrick Forrester, Steven Swanson, John
> "Danny" Olivas and Clayton Anderson are scheduled to arrive at the
> Kennedy Space Center on June 4.
> Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams will return to Earth
> from the space station aboard Atlantis. The flight will carry
> Expedition 15/16 Flight Engineer Clayton Anderson to the station. He
> will return home aboard space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-120.
> For more information about the STS-117 crew and mission to the space
> station, visit:
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