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Space Shuttle Atlantis mounted on a mobile launch platform nears Launch Pad 39A atop a crawler transporter.

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NASA
Washington, DC, United States

By midmorning, Space Shuttle Atlantis, mounted on a mobile launch platform, nears Launch Pad 39A atop a crawler transporter. First motion of the shuttle out of the Vehicle Assembly Building was at 5:02 a.m. EDT. In late February, while Atlantis was on the launch pad, Atlantis' external tank received hail damage during a severe thunderstorm that passed through the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 area. The hail caused visible divots in the giant tank's foam insulation, as well as minor surface damage to about 26 heat shield tiles on the shuttle's left wing. The shuttle was returned to the VAB for repairs. The launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-117 is now targeted for June 8. A flight readiness review will be held on May 30 and 31. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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  • Title: Space Shuttle Atlantis mounted on a mobile launch platform nears Launch Pad 39A atop a crawler transporter.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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