Final Shuttle Launch July 8; Atlantis Moving to Launch Pad May 31
Crew of NASA’s final shuttle mission are (l to r) Rex Walheim (mission specialist); Chris Ferguson (commander); Doug Hurley (pilot); and Sandy Magnus (mission specialist). Photo credit: NASA
May 24, 2011 — Space shuttle Atlantis will begin its final scheduled 3.4-mile journey to the launch pad at 8 p.m. EDT on May 31, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The six-hour rollout atop a giant crawler-transporter from Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building is a major milestone in preparations for STS-135, the final mission of NASA's Space Shuttle Program, targeted for a July 8 launch.
Flight Commander is Chris Ferguson - his third shuttle mission. Other crew members include Doug Hurley, pilot - his second in that role; and mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.
STS-135, Atlantis’ 33rd mission, is scheduled to last 12 days. Main objectives include delivering supplies, logistics, and spare parts to the International Space Station; investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft; and returning a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems.
For more information about STS-135, click here.