At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Atlantis' cargo, the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module (MPLM) now is installed into the shuttle's payload bay at Launch Pad 39A. Seen at the top of the frame is the airlock, already installed in the payload bay. The rotating service structure that protects the shuttle from the elements and provides access has been moved back into place.
STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim are targeted to lift off on Atlantis July 8, taking with them the MPLM packed with supplies, logistics and spare parts to the station. The STS-135 mission also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing satellites 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/Kim Shiflett