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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington

Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

NASA's Shuttle Atlantis Set for Move to Vehicle Assembly Building
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Media are invited to witness an important milestone for the upcoming Space Shuttle Atlantis mission, designated STS-117. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Atlantis is scheduled to move from the Orbiter Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Once there, crews will attach Atlantis to its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters.

The first motion of the shuttle aboard the crawler-transporter is expected at 6 a.m. EST. Media must arrive at Kennedy's News Center by 5:15 a.m. to attend the event.

Atlantis' targeted launch window opens March 15. During its 11-day mission to the International Space Station, the STS-117 crew of six astronauts will deliver a fourth segment for the station's backbone. They also will unfurl new solar arrays and fold up an old set of arrays during the 21st shuttle mission to the station.

Permanently badged media should contact Kennedy's News Center at 321-867-2468 by Feb. 6 to attend. Event dates and times are subject to change. Schedule updates are available by calling 321-867-2525. Media without Kennedy credentials must pick up badges by 4 p.m. on Feb. 6, after submitting badge requests via the accreditation Web site:

Video of the rollover will air on NASA TV's Video File. For NASA TV downlink, streaming video and scheduling information, visit:

For information about the STS-117 mission and its crew, visit:

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