Space shuttle Endeavour Prepared to Mate WIith Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Print
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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 01:54


Space shuttle Endeavour was towed from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Shuttle Landing Facility and positioned under the Mate-Demate Device at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday morning. Technicians will attach a sling to Endeavour and lift it to allow NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) to taxi underneath. Endeavour will be lowered onto the SCA and connected to three attach struts protruding from the top of the jet. The “mating” operation is expected to be complete by 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 14. At about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the SCA and Endeavour will back out of the Mate-Demate Device. A multi-day ferry flight is scheduled to begin Monday at about 7:15 a.m., targeting delivery of Endeavour to Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, Sept. 20. In October, Endeavour will move to the California Science Center to begin a new mission inspiring future explorers.


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