Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
July 20, 2006
Space Shuttle Atlantis Set to Move to Vehicle Assembly Building
NASA invites news media to witness an important milestone for the upcoming Space Shuttle Atlantis mission, designated STS-115. On Monday, July 24, Atlantis is scheduled to be moved out of its hangar at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The first motion is expected at 6 a.m. EDT. Media must arrive at Kennedy's News Center by 5 a.m. to attend the event.
The move from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building is referred to as a "rollover." Inside the assembly building, Atlantis will be attached to its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters.
Atlantis' launch window begins Aug. 28. During its 11-day mission to the International Space Station, the STS-115 crew of six astronauts will install the Port 3/4 truss segment with its two large solar arrays.
Permanently badged media should contact Kennedy's News Center at 321-867-2468 by 4 p.m. Friday, July 21. As dates and times of events are subject to change, updates are available by calling 321-867-2525. Media without Kennedy credentials should submit their request via the accreditation Web site at: https://media.ksc.nasa.gov/
Video of the rollover will air on NASA TV's Video File. For NASA TV downlink, streaming video and scheduling information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
For information on the STS-115 mission and its crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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