August 31, 2006
ATLANTIS NEW LAUNCH DATE
NASA has just announced that the Space Shuttle Atlantis will attempt to lift-off from Kennedy on Wednesday, September 6 at 12:29 p.m. EDT.
Shuttle managers decided on the launch date after assessing conditions at Kennedy following Tropical Depression Ernesto. The center's facilities and Atlantis, which sits on Launch Pad 39-B, sustained no damage during the storm.
If weather or other issues prevent Atlantis' launch on Sept. 6,opportunities are available on Sept. 7 and 8. All dates allow for completion of the mission's objectives and allow for shuttle undocking from the station by Sept. 17. This is necessary so the Russian Soyuz taking the next space station crew up to the orbiting laboratory can launch Sept. 18.
Posted by bsilcox at August 31, 2006 04:24 PM