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Photo taken: June 23, 2011
The sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean silhouetting Space Shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida... The STS-135 crew members showed up at the pad shortly after and where strapped into their respective seats on Atlantis for a simulated launch countdown as part of the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) and related training.
Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann
- Latest on FINAL MISSION of Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 -
Atlantis and Crew Prepared for July 8th Liftoff
Wednesday, 29 June 29, 2011
Launch pad technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are in the process of closing out Space Shuttle Atlantis' payload bay in preparation for liftoff from Launch Pad 39A on July 8th at 11:26am EDT. The bay's doors are expected to be closed for flight today.
This follows yesterday's day-long Flight Readiness Review at which senior NASA and contractor managers confirmed that Atlantis is ready for this last shuttle flight to supply the International Space Station.
"This flight is incredibly important. The cargo that is coming up on this flight is really mandatory for space station," said Bill Gerstenmaier, assistant administrator for space operations, following yesterday's review.
In preparation for this final mission of the Space Shuttle Program, the STS-135 astronauts will undergo their L-10 physicals today at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
All above info/photo taken from the NASA.gov website
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