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Atlantis and Crew Prepared for July 8 Liftoff

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:48:11 AM EDT

Launch pad technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are in the process of closing out space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay in preparation for liftoff from Launch Pad 39A on July 8 at 11:26 a.m. EDT. The bay’s doors are expected to be closed for flight today.

This follows yesterday’s day-long Flight Readiness Review at which senior NASA and contractor managers confirmed that Atlantis is ready for this last shuttle flight to supply the International Space Station.

“This flight is incredibly important. The cargo that is coming up on this flight is really mandatory for space station,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, assistant administrator for space operations, following yesterday’s review.

In preparation for this final mission of the Space Shuttle Program, the STS-135 astronauts will undergo their L-10 physicals today at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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