From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
The crew-access hatch on space shuttle Endeavour was closed for the final time today at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Center Director Bob Cabana joined Kennedy employees in Orbiter Processing Facility-2 for the milestone. Today's hatch closure brings Endeavour one step closer to its upcoming move to the Vehicle Assembly Building, currently scheduled for Aug. 16. Endeavour, which completed 25 missions in its spaceflight career, is being readied for a mid-September ferry flight to California for display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Shuttle Atlantis is being temporarily stored in the Vehicle Assembly Building. Atlantis is scheduled to return to Orbiter Processing Facility-2 in August to complete transition and retirement processing. Atlantis is being prepared for public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is scheduled to roll over to the complex in November. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is targeting a July 2013 grand opening for Atlantis' new home.
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