The Press Site auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida hosted a Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) module demonstration. Seen here is Benjamin Reed, deputy project manager with NASA's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office, giving media an overview of the RRM. Space shuttle Atlantis will fly the RRM on its STS-135 mission to the International Space Station. Once in place, the RRM will use the station's two-armed robotic system, known as Dextre, to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing satellites in orbit.
Atlantis and its crew of four are scheduled to lift off at 11:26 a.m. EDT on July 8 to deliver the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts to the station. Atlantis also will fly the RRM and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems. STS-135 will be the 33rd flight of Atlantis, the 37th shuttle mission to the space station, and the 135th and final mission of NASA's Space Shuttle Program. For more information visit, www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Frankie Martin