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Preparations are under way to separate Atlantis from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft via the mate demate device on the Shuttle Landing Facility.

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Preparations are under way to separate space shuttle Atlantis from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, underneath via the mate/demate device on the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A hoist is attached to Atlantis to lower the shuttle to the ground. Atlantis returned from California atop the SCA, a modified Boeing 747, after its May 24 landing at Edwards Air Force Base, concluding mission STS-125. The ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base began June 1. Atlantis' next assignment is the STS-129 mission, targeted to launch in November 2009. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

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  • Title: Preparations are under way to separate Atlantis from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft via the mate demate device on the Shuttle Landing Facility.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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