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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

July 26, 2006
NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis Prepares to Roll to Launch Pad
NASA's space shuttle Atlantis is set to embark on a four-mile journey to Launch Pad 39-B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Monday, July 31. First motion is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT. Atlantis' launch window begins Aug. 28 for an 11-day mission to the International Space Station.

The fully assembled space shuttle vehicle, consisting of the orbiter, external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, will be mounted on a mobile launcher platform and delivered to the pad via a crawler transporter. The process is expected to take approximately six hours.

NASA TV will provide live coverage of the roll out beginning at 6 a.m. EDT as Atlantis approaches the launch pad. Video highlights of the rollout will air on NASA TV's Video File segments. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

Media must arrive for a photo opportunity at Kennedy's Press Site by 5:30 a.m. EDT for transportation to the viewing area. Dates and times are subject to change. Media should call 321-867-2525 for updates. Permanently badged media should contact Kennedy's News Center at 321-867-2468 by 4 p.m. Friday, July 28 if they plan to attend rollout activities. Media without Kennedy credentials should submit requests via the accreditation Web site at:

Media must pick up badges at the pass and identification building on State Road 405 by 4 p.m. on Friday. For information about the STS-115 mission and its crew, visit:


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