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Atlantis Has Returned Home

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jul 3, 2007 5:53 pm
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Orbiter Atlantis made its graceful landing at Kennedy Space Center this morning mounted atop a modified 747 jetliner called the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, officially concluding the STS-117 mission.

The vehicle will be removed from the back of the carrier aircraft with the mate/demate device at the Shuttle Landing Facility. It will then be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin processing for its next launch, mission STS-122 in December.

Meanwhile, processing for the next mission, STS-118, continues at Kennedy. Orbiter Endeavour arrived inside the Vehicle Assembly Building on Monday after a short roll from the nearby Orbiter Processing Facility. In the assembly building’s transfer aisle, Endeavour was lifted vertically, transferred to a high bay and will be attached to its external tank and solid rocket boosters.

The STS-118 mission will deliver the S5 truss to the International Space Station and will mark the first flight of an educator astronaut, Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan. Launch is targeted for Aug. 7.

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