NASA's Space Shuttle Minute

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NASA's Space Shuttle Minute
09.05.08
 
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Hi, I'm Jeremy Graeber, NASA Test Director and this is your Space Shuttle Minute.

Space Shuttle Atlantis stands once again on Launch Pad 39A for a rumbling liftoff next month on a mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.

It took NASA's powerful crawler-transporter about six hours to carefully roll Atlantis, its external fuel tank and two solid rocket boosters from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad.

The move, which NASA calls a rollout, capped several months of work by technicians to prepare Atlantis for almost two weeks in space.

Before rollout, processing was completed inside the Orbiter Processing Facility. Atlantis was then carefully moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building and joined to the tank and boosters. That's your space shuttle minute. I'm Jeremy Graeber.

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