Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Atlantis in VAB; Endeavour Prepares for STS-126

SLN: Up to the Minute, I'm Charles Atkeison... The space shuttle Atlantis returned back to her bay inside the massive Vehicle Assembly Building yesterday afternoon, as she stands down due to recent Hubble trouble.

Meanwhile, sistership Endeavour is being readied for her move from launch pad 39-B to 39-A this Saturday in preperation for her launch in mid-November. Endeavour will fly mission STS-126 to the international space station on the last flight of the year. Launch is currently targeted for November 14th.

Atlantis' mission STS-125 is being delayed due to recent Hubble space telescope equipment issues. Thus, the whole flight is being retooled in support of the new equipment needed in support of this last HST servicing mission. The Atlantis stack will be housed in Bay 3 of the VAB through January.

Look for new data and info related to Endeavour's flight soon.

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In the orbiter processing facility here at KSC, the orbiter Discovery is being readied for her February flight to ISS. In January, shuttle program managers will decide if Discovery or Atlantis will fly first during February - most likely Discovery.

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