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Shortly after midnight the payload canister makes a slow journey to Launch Pad 39B.

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Shortly after midnight, the payload canister makes a slow journey to Launch Pad 39B. Inside the canister is the payload for Atlantis and mission STS-115, the Port 3/4 truss segment with two large solar arrays. The payload changeout room provides an environmentally clean or "white room" condition in which to receive a payload transferred from a protective payload canister. After the shuttle arrives at the pad, the rotating service structure will close around it and the payload will then be transferred into Atlantis' payload bay. Atlantis' launch window begins Aug. 28. During its 11-day mission to the International Space Station, the STS-115 crew of six astronauts will install the truss, a 17-ton segment of the space station's truss backbone. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton

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  • Title: Shortly after midnight the payload canister makes a slow journey to Launch Pad 39B.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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