NASA Audio File

Official Launch Date Set For Next Shuttle Liftoff
After a day-long meeting to assess space shuttle Atlantis’ readiness for flight, NASA managers held a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Flight Readiness Review set May 14 as the official launch date for Atlantis’ STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff is planned for 2:20 p.m. EDT.

Technicians at Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39A continue to be on schedule with their preparations of the shuttle. The Atlantis crew includes Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli  and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Michael Good, Steve Bowen and Piers Sellers. The STS-132 mission will deliver the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1 to the space station, along with spare parts and cargo.

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Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Space Operations
Cut 1 (:10) - "I continue to push on the team to make sure we not forgotten anything that we are taking things easy we are rushing into things and I see no indications of those.”
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John Shannon, Space Shuttle Program Manager
Cut 2 (:12) - "We are ready to go next Friday. It’s been 15 days since we last landed and 9 days until we launch, this is the kind of pace this team thrives on."
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Mike Leinbach, Space Shuttle Launch Director
Cut 3 (:09) - “We are ready to go!  We are not tracking anything at the launch pad that would represent a constraint and we are feeling good about Atlantis launching a week from Friday.”
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