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STS-135 - Space Shuttle Atlantis Moves To The VAB For Last Shuttle Mission Print
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Saturday, 11 June 2011 20:40
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Shuttle Atlantis was moved May. 17 from Orbiter Processing Facility-1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final space shuttle mission, STS-135. The move from Atlantis’ hangar is referred to as a "rollover." Following rollover, technicians will attach the lifting sling to Atlantis for rotation and hoisting. The shuttle then is bolted to its external tank and twin solid rocket boosters for its rollout to Launch Pad 39A in approximately two weeks. During the 12-day flight, Atlantis’ four astronauts will deliver to the International Space Station the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies, logistics and spare parts that will sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired this summer. Atlantis’ final launch is expected to be targeted for mid-July. This will be the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.

 

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