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I'm Tim Potter, NASA test director, and this is the Space Shuttle Minute, your sixty-second NASA space shuttle update.

Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for launch at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Feb. 7 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The countdown begins with the arrival of the STS-122 crew of seven NASA and European Space Agency astronauts on Feb. 4.

As the astronauts prepare to take their places on launch day, technicians at Launch Pad 39A will load 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen into the external tank and test the low fuel-level engine cutoff sensor system. Problems in the system's external feed-through connector caused two launch delays in December.

Atlantis' mission is to deliver the European-built Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station. The crew will use robotic arms to place the module onto the station. Spacewalkers will then take turns attaching the laboratory.

Don’t miss our live mission webcast at 11:30 a.m. the day before launch on Live coverage begins on launch day at 5:15 a.m. on NASA TV and can be viewed online at

I'm Tim Potter, and that's your Space Shuttle Minute.

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