Press Release

Shuttle Atlantis’ Move To Pad On Standby For Hanna

By SpaceRef Editor
September 2, 2008
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Shuttle Atlantis’ Move To Pad On Standby For Hanna

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Managers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will closely follow Tropical Storm Hanna to determine when would be the best time this week to move space shuttle Atlantis to its launch pad.

Currently, the earliest Atlantis will be rolled out from Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A is Thursday, Sept. 4, at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

If the storm stays on its current track, managers will wait until it passes off the coast of Kennedy and then move Atlantis to the pad, most likely Saturday morning. Rollout had been scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed to allow managers to evaluate Hanna’s possible affects on the center.

Atlantis is targeted to lift off Oct. 8 on an 11-day mission to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Managers will evaluate any affects from Hanna on supporting the target date.

Dates and times of this event are subject to change. Updates are available by calling 321-867-2525.

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SpaceRef staff editor.