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Atlantis Rolls to the Launch Pad
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Space shuttle Atlantis began its 3.4-mile journey to Launch Pad 39A in the predawn darkness, leaving the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 6:38 a.m. on October 14.

Stacked with its solid rocket boosters and external fuel tank on the mobile launcher platform, the shuttle's slow roll atop a crawler-transporter took approximately six hours, reaching the seaside launch pad in the early afternoon.

At the pad, the STS-129 payload of equipment bound for the International Space Station will be installed in Atlantis' cargo bay as technicians continue launch preparations throughout the next month.

A crew of six astronauts will conduct this 31st space shuttle mission dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of the space station.

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