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Space Shuttle Atlantis rollout to Launch Pad 39A
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- Title Space Shuttle Atlantis rollout to Launch Pad 39A
- Released 12/11/2007 4:37 pm
- Copyright NASA
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis, secured atop a mobile launch platform, ascends the five percent grade to the top of the hardstand on Launch Pad 39A. The rotating service structure, adjoined to the fixed service structure at right, has been rolled back in preparation for the Shuttle's arrival. Rollout is a milestone for Atlantis' launch to the International Space Station on mission STS-122, targeted for 6 December. On this mission, Atlantis will deliver the European Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station. ESA's largest contribution to the Station, Columbus is a multifunctional, pressurized laboratory that will be permanently attached to U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The laboratory will expand the research facilities on board the station, providing crew members and scientists from around the world the ability to conduct a variety of experiments in the physical, materials and life sciences.