[sarex] ORBITORS ON THE MOVE
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Orbiters on the Move: Atlantis Heads Home as Endeavour Prepares for
Space Shuttle Endeavour rolls to the Vehicle Assembly Building Image
above: After leaving the Orbiter Processing Facility Endeavour rolls to
the Vehicle Assembly Building. The mission will be Endeavour's first
flight in more than four years. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton
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07.02.07 12:00 p.m. EDT
Orbiter Atlantis is one step closer to Kennedy Space Center this morning
after a refueling stop at Fort Campbell, Ky. Mounted atop a modified 747
jetliner called the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, Atlantis is on its way
back to Florida after landing June 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,
concluding the STS-117 mission.
At Fort Campbell, the ferry flight crew received a weather briefing and
a determination was made to remain there overnight. Atlantis could
arrive at the Florida spaceport on Tuesday if weather conditions permit.
Meanwhile, processing for the next mission, STS-118, continues at
Kennedy. Orbiter Endeavour arrived inside the Vehicle Assembly Building
this morning after a short roll from the nearby Orbiter Processing
Facility. In the assembly building's transfer aisle, Endeavour will be
lifted vertically, transferred to a high bay and attached to its
external tank and solid rocket boosters.
The STS-118 mission will deliver the S5 truss to the International Space
Station and will mark the first flight of an educator astronaut, Mission
Specialist Barbara Morgan. Launch is targeted for Aug. 7.
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