Atlantis Ready to Move to Launch Pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 21 (UPI) — NASA says space shuttle Atlantis is finally ready to move to the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A after several weather delays.

Space agency managers said the shuttle’s transfer from the space center’s Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad will begin about 12:01 a.m. EDT Thursday and usually takes about six hours to complete. Favorable weather conditions were forecast for the event.

The shuttle’s May 14, 2:19 p.m. EDT scheduled launch will mark the start of the last planned mission for Atlantis. Space shuttle Endeavour is to make its final flight into space July 28, with Discovery to be the last shuttle to go into space when it is launched Sept. 16.

Atlantis’ STS-132 crew — led by astronaut Ken Ham — flew to Kennedy in T-38 jets Tuesday evening. They will spend the next several days conducting the standard NASA training and countdown dress rehearsal known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test.

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