[sarex] Atlantis Returns to Florida
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Tue Jul 3 18:21:13 PDT 2007
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*Endeavour Readies for August Launch;
Atlantis Returns to Florida*
*07.03.07 12:40 p.m. EDT*
Fresh off the success of STS-117, NASA is quickly gearing up for the
shuttle's next visit to the International Station, the STS-118 mission,
targeted for an Aug. 7 launch. The mission will deliver the S5 truss to
the station and will mark the first flight of Mission Specialist Barbara
Morgan, the teacher-turned-astronaut whose association with NASA began
more than 20 years ago.
Processing for STS-118 continues at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in
Florida. Orbiter Endeavour arrived inside the Vehicle Assembly Building
on Monday after a short roll from the nearby Orbiter Processing
Facility. In the assembly building's transfer aisle, Endeavour was
lifted vertically, transferred to a high bay and will be attached to its
external tank and solid rocket boosters. STS-118 will be the first
flight for Endeavour since 2002.
Image above: Endeavour, top, rolls to the Vehicle Assembly Building and
Atlantis, bottom, lands at after a piggy back ride from the west coast.
Photo credit: NASA/KSC
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Meanwhile, Orbiter Atlantis made its graceful landing at Kennedy Space
Center this morning mounted atop a modified 747 jetliner called the
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, officially concluding the STS-117 mission.
+ STS-118 Mission Overview
+ STS-117 Mission Summary
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