Thursday, June 07, 2007

Atlantis Readies for Launch


Shuttle Atlantis and its seven person crew is prepped and ready to go on its STS-117 construction mission to the ISS. Two rookie astronauts get their first taste of spaceflight, and also get to go spacewalking as well.

"First-time spaceflyers John "Danny" Olivas and Steve Swanson, along with five fellow crewmates, are due to launch spaceward June 8 aboard NASA's space shuttle Atlantis on a construction mission to the International Space Station (ISS)...Of the mission's three planned spacewalks, Olivas will take part in the first and third excursions while Swanson will participate in the second."

The shuttle is to deliver two trusses and an additional solar array to the station on this misison in preparation for two further construction missions later this year delivering additional Japanese and European modules to the base.

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