NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis Prepares to Roll to Launch Pad
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
July 26, 2006
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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