Feb. 15, 2007
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
MEDIA ADVISORY: 07-24
SHUTTLE ATLANTIS MOVES TO PAD, CREW READY FOR COUNTDOWN TEST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The space shuttle Atlantis arrived at its
launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 3:09 p.m. EST on
top of the giant vehicle known as the crawler transporter. The next
milestone for the upcoming mission, STS-117, is a full launch dress
rehearsal as the six-member crew prepares to continue building the
International Space Station.
The crawler transporter began carrying Atlantis out of Kennedy’s
Vehicle Assembly Building at 8:19 a.m. It traveled just under 1 mph
during the 3.4 mile journey.
While at the pad, the shuttle will undergo final testing, payload
installation and a “hot fire” test of auxiliary power units. When
testing is completed, the rotating service structure will be moved
around the vehicle for protection.
Atlantis’ targeted launch date is March 15. During the 11-day mission,
the crew will install a new truss segment, retract a set of solar
arrays and unfold a new set on the starboard side of the station. The
launch marks the first liftoff from Pad 39A in four years.
The astronauts and ground crews for the mission will participate in a
launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration
test, Feb. 21 to 23 at Kennedy. The test provides the crew of each
shuttle mission with an opportunity to participate in various
simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization
and emergency egress training.
Permanently badged media interested in attending the demonstration
test events should contact the Kennedy News Center at 321-867-2468 by
4 p.m. Feb. 20. If media have been approved to cover the STS-117
mission, there is no need to reapply for credentials for the
demonstration test events. STS-117 mission badges will be available
for pick up beginning Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at the NASA Pass
and Identification Building on State Road 3.
Accreditation for foreign news media for this event is closed. U.S.
media without Kennedy credentials may apply for accreditation online
through 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at:
The crew includes Commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Lee Archambault and
mission specialists Jim Reilly, Patrick Forrester, Steven Swanson and
John “Danny” Olivas.
Media Events (All Times Eastern)
Feb. 21 - STS-117 Crew Arrival: The crew will arrive at 1 p.m. at the
Shuttle Landing Facility and make a statement. Media should arrive at
Kennedy’s News Center by noon for transportation to the facility. The
arrival will be carried live NASA TV coverage.
Feb. 22 - STS-117 Crew Media Q&A: The crew of Atlantis will take media
questions at Launch Pad 39A at 7:40 a.m. Media must arrive at the
News Center by 6:30 a.m. for transportation to the launch pad. The
session will be carried live on NASA TV.
Feb. 23 - STS-117 Crew Walkout Photo Opportunity: The astronauts will
depart from the Operations and Checkout Building at 7:45 a.m. in
their flight entry suits in preparation for the countdown
demonstration test at the launch pad. Media need to arrive at the
News Center by 6:45 a.m. to cover the event. There will be no live
NASA TV coverage.
Since dates and times of events are subject to change, updates are
available at 321-867-2525. The events will take place in operational
areas, so all participants must be properly dressed in full-length
pants, flat shoes that entirely cover the feet and shirts with
sleeves. Tank tops are not allowed.
For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming
For information about the STS-117 mission and crew, visit: