CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, Oct. 20, to await launch on its mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. First motion of the shuttle is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT.
Atlantis' targeted launch on Oct. 10 was delayed when a system that transfers science data from the orbiting observatory to Earth malfunctioned on Sept. 27. The new target launch date is under review.
The fully assembled space shuttle Atlantis, consisting of the orbiter, external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, is mounted on a Mobile Launcher Platform and will be delivered to the Vehicle Assembly Building atop a crawler transporter. The crawler will travel slower than 1 mph during the 3.4-mile journey, which is expected to take approximately six hours.
NASA Television will provide live coverage of Atlantis' rollback beginning Monday at 6:30 a.m. Video highlights of the rollback will air on NASA TV Video File.
Media are invited to a photo opportunity of the shuttle's move from the pad at 6 a.m. Monday. As dates and times of this event are subject to change, updates are available by calling 321-867-2525.
Media must arrive at Kennedy's News Center by 5 a.m. for transportation to the viewing area. Foreign news media accreditation for this event is closed. U.S. media without permanent Kennedy Space Center credentials must apply for accreditation online by 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at:
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