Shuttle Atlantis Reaches the Launch Pad


Space shuttle Atlantis stands on Launch Pad 39A, ready for final preparations for the STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Image credit: NASA

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 04:34:00 PM GMT

Space shuttle Atlantis successfully completed its slow 3.4-mile trek to Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vehicle was securely fastened to the pad at 11:17 a.m. EDT on Tuesday after a move that took approximately six hours.

The shuttle began its trip in the early morning darkness, rolling out of the Vehicle Assembly Building at 3:54 a.m.

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