Monday, June 27, 2011
Atlantis Last Shuttle at the Launch Pad
Space shuttle Atlantis completed its 3.4-mile trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A on June 1, becoming the last shuttle to make that journey. The STS-135 payload was delivered to the launch pad on June 16.
The STS-135 crew is commanded by Chris Ferguson and includes Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus. Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module containing deliver supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station. The mission also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems.
The launch date is set by July 8th and the landing date is July 20th