Atlantis Launch Still 'go' for Friday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 10 (UPI) — NASA says space shuttle Atlantis’s last crew prepared Monday for pre-launch training in advance of the shuttle’s final mission.

The six astronauts were expected to touch down at the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway about 7 p.m. EDT Monday and spend the next few days in training.

At Launch Pad 39A, technicians were performing vertical closeouts Monday for Atlantis and its payload: an Integrated Cargo Carrier and a Russian-built Mini Research Module. The cargo is to be delivered to the International Space Station during the 12-day STS-132 mission.

The countdown clocks at the space center will begin operating Tuesday afternoon following a traditional call-to-stations for launch controllers. Only two more shuttle missions are scheduled after Atlantis’s flight before the fleet is retired.

Launch is scheduled for Friday at 2:20 p.m. EDT.

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