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The Mission




Orbiter: Atlantis
Mission: STS-122
Payload: Columbus science laboratory
Launch: Feb. 7, 2008
Time: 2:45 p.m. EST
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: Feb. 20 @ 9:07 a.m. EST
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC


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STS-122: Crew arrival

The space shuttle Atlantis astronauts arrive at the Kennedy Space Center for their countdown to launch.

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STS-122: The mission

Atlantis' trip to the station will deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus science lab module.

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STS-122: The programs

Managers from the shuttle, station and EVA programs discuss Atlantis' upcoming flight.

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STS-122: Spacewalks

Three spacewalks are planned during Atlantis' STS-122 assembly mission. Lead spacewalk officer Anna Jarvis previews the EVAs.

 Full briefing
 EVA 1 summary
 EVA 2 summary
 EVA 3 summary

The Atlantis crew

The astronauts of Atlantis' STS-122 mission meet the press in the traditional pre-flight news conference.

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Harmony's big move

The station's new Harmony module is detached from the Unity hub and moved to its permanent location on the Destiny lab.

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Columbus readied

The European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory module moves to pad 39A and placed aboard shuttle Atlantis for launch.

 To pad | Installed

Station port moved

The station crew uses the robot arm to detach the main shuttle docking port and mount it to the new Harmony module Nov. 12.

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Atlantis rolls out

Space shuttle Atlantis rolls from the Vehicle Assembly Building to pad 39A for its December launch with the Columbus module.

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Atlantis goes vertical

Atlantis is hoisted upright and maneuvered into position for attachment to the external tank and boosters.

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STS-122 Mission Coverage

Take a rocketing ride into orbit aboard shuttle Atlantis
We present some dramatic footage from space shuttle Atlantis' recent launch into orbit carrying the Columbus science lab. External video cameras on the solid rocket boosters and fuel tank, plus a cockpit camera on the flight deck show what the shuttle and its astronauts experience during the trek to space. And the movies are synched with the live call of the launch.
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Space shuttle Atlantis streaks back to Earth
Taking advantage of calm weather, the shuttle Atlantis dropped out of orbit and glided to a smooth Florida landing Wednesday, closing out an extended mission to deliver a new European research lab and a French astronaut to the international space station.
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Atlantis leaves station after construction mission
The Atlantis astronauts undocked from the international space station Monday, looped around the outpost to collect spectacular pictures and video and then pulled out ahead of the lab complex before starting a final heat shield inspection to clear the way for re-entry and landing Wednesday.
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   ATLANTIS UNDOCKS
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   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. M (.pdf download)
Shuttle astronauts bid space station crew farewell
The Atlantis astronauts gathered for a final time aboard the international space station Sunday, bidding the lab crew farewell in a tearful ceremony that marked the end of a complex assembly mission.
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   MORNING STORY
   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. L (.pdf download)
Commanders say satellite shoot-down no threat
The commanders of the shuttle Atlantis and the international space station said Saturday they have no safety concerns about an upcoming attempt to destroy a falling spy satellite.
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   CREW ENJOYING BONUS DAY
   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. K (.pdf download)
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NASA will land shuttle before satellite shoot down
The shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to land Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida but NASA officials said they will staff the agency's backup landing site in California to get the shuttle down as soon as possible and "give the military the biggest possible window" for destroying a falling satellite.
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Spacewalkers attach experiments to Columbus
Astronauts Rex Walheim and Stan Love successfully mounted a pair of science packages on the hull of the new Columbus research module today and moved a faulty space station gyroscope to the shuttle Atlantis for return to Earth. This was the third and final spacewalk planned for Atlantis' mission.
   EVA COMPLETED
   PREVIEW STORY
   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. I (.pdf download)
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U.S. plans to fire missile at falling spy satellite
The U.S. Navy, acting on orders from the Bush administration, is finalizing plans to fire a modified tactical missile at a falling 2.5-ton spy satellite in an unprecedented attempt to break up the dead spacecraft and disperse its load of toxic hydrazine rocket fuel before it can re-enter on its own and possibly pose a threat to the public.
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Spacewalkers swap out depleted tank on station
Astronauts Rex Walheim and Hans Schlegel successfully conducted a spacewalk Wednesday to swap out a 550-pound nitrogen tank used to push ammonia through the station's main cooling system. Mission managers, meanwhile, decided to extend the mission one more day to give the crew additional time to activate the new Columbus research module.
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Schlegel won't discuss illness, says he's fine now
German astronaut Hans Schlegel, a 56-year-old father of seven who was replaced on a spacewalk Monday because of an undisclosed medical problem, told CBS News Tuesday he's feeling fit and ready for a spacewalk Wednesday to service the space station's cooling system.
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European astronauts begin Columbus module activation
Newly arrived French astronaut Leopold Eyharts and German shuttle flier Hans Schlegel opened hatches to partially enter the European Space Agency's Columbus research module today, marking the moment with a call to flight controllers in Houston, Moscow and now, Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, Germany.
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Station becomes more international with Columbus
The European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory module was successfully removed from the shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay Monday and bolted to its permanent home on the front right side of the international space station to accomplish the primary goal of the year's first shuttle mission.
   COLUMBUS INSTALLED
   CREW TOLD TO WRAP UP EVA
   COLUMBUS HOISTED FROM SHUTTLE
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Schlegel could take Wednesday's spacewalk
NASA managers expect German astronaut Hans Schlegel to participate in a spacewalk Wednesday, the second of three excursions planned by the shuttle Atlantis' crew. Schlegel, a 56-year-old father of seven, originally planned to join astronaut Rex Walheim for the crew's first spacewalk Sunday. But the EVA was delayed 24 hours to Monday - and Schlegel was replaced by Stan Love - when the European Space Agency astronaut apparently became ill after launch last week.
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Mission controllers release revised flight plan
The Atlantis astronauts geared up for a hastily replanned day in space Sunday, putting off their first spacewalk one day and instead focusing on equipment transfers to and from the space station and a robotic inspection of a protruding insulation blanket on one of the orbiter's aft rocket pods.
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Maiden launch of Europe's resupply ship gets new date
Europe's first Automated Transfer Vehicle, an intricate 43,000-pound resupply ship, will have to wait two more weeks to begin its voyage to the international space station after managers ordered a delay to add a "final level of robustness" to the crucial mission, officials said last week.
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   VIDEO: INTRODUCTION TO ATV
Spacewalk delayed 24 hours by crew medical issue
In a surprise announcement, flight controllers Saturday told the shuttle-station astronauts shortly after Atlantis docked with the lab complex to delay a planned Sunday spacewalk - and installation of the new Columbus research module - by 24 hours, extending Atlantis' mission by one day because of a crew medical issue. German Hans Schlegel will be replaced on the EVA.
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   BLANKET AND COMPUTER ISSUE
   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. B (.pdf download)
Shuttle brings Columbus to the space station
Wrapping up a textbook rendezvous, commander Steve Frick guided the shuttle Atlantis to a smooth docking with the international space station Saturday after a spectacular slow-motion back flip directly below the outpost to let the lab crew photograph the ship's heat shield tiles.
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   POST-TI BURN UPDATE
   PREVIEW STORY
   UPDATED NASA TV SCHEDULE (.pdf download)
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Shuttle performance near flawless going into docking
Atlantis came through its eight-and-a-half-minute climb to space Thursday in good shape with no obvious signs of impact damage to the ship's protective heat shield. John Shannon, Mission Management Team chairman, said Friday the shuttle was operating near flawlessly and while it will take several more days to complete a detailed post-launch inspection and analysis, "it looks like we had an extremely clean launch."
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Astronauts use boom to inspect Atlantis' heat shield
The Atlantis astronauts spent the morning scrutinizing the shuttle's nose cap and wing leading edge panels in a now-standard post-Columbia inspection carried out the day after launch to look for any signs of ascent debris impact damage. The crew also broke out equipment and began readying the orbiter for docking with the international space station Saturday.
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Space shuttle Atlantis sails into orbit with Columbus
Running two months late, the repaired shuttle Atlantis thundered safely into orbit Thursday after expected storms from a weakening cold front failed to materialize. The low-level hydrogen fuel sensor circuits that derailed two launch tries in December worked normally, clearing the way for launch of Atlantis and a European Space Agency research module bound for the international space station.
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This collection of images shows the scene at Kennedy Space Center as the rotating service structure moved away from the space shuttle the night before launch.
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This collection of images shows space shuttle Atlantis launching with the European Space Agency's science laboratory module, named Columbus, at 2:45 p.m. EST.
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An interview with NASA leader Mike Griffin
NASA Administrator Mike Griffin, in an interview with CBS News on Thursday, said he remains optimistic the agency can complete the international space station and retire the shuttle as planned by the end of fiscal 2010 despite recent delays to recover from hail damage and problems with critical fuel sensors.
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Ultimate test for shuttle sensor fix comes Thursday
LeRoy Cain, manager of shuttle integration at the Kennedy Space Center, said Tuesday he is confident the redesigned connectors intended to fix on-going problems with low-level fuel sensors in the shuttle Atlantis' external tank will work properly Thursday when the ship is fueled for takeoff. But engineers will be paying close attention to the sensors and if any problems develop that might cast doubt on the fix, the shuttle will remain on the ground.
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Atlantis mission preview:
A new voyage of Columbus

Running two months late, the shuttle Atlantis and its crew are set for blastoff Thursday on a long-awaited flight to attach the European Space Agency's Columbus research lab to the space station. The module represents Europe's first manned toehold in orbit and promises to open a new era of international research with Japanese lab modules scheduled to follow in March and April.
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Shuttle Atlantis launch countdown underway
Two months after their launch was stalled by fuel sensor troubles, the seven space shuttle Atlantis astronauts have returned to the Kennedy Space Center for another shot at rocketing into orbit. And countdown clocks began ticking Monday afternoon for a planned Thursday liftoff.
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NASA opts to move forward to Thursday's shuttle launch
NASA managers Friday decided to press ahead with preparations for launch of the shuttle Atlantis Feb. 7 pending final work Monday to make sure a kinked Freon flex hose retracts as required when the ship's payload bay doors are closed for flight.
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Atlantis tentatively cleared for launch next week
Exhaustive testing shows the low-level fuel sensor problem that derailed two attempts to launch the shuttle Atlantis in December has been resolved, NASA managers said Wednesday. But a decision on whether to press ahead with a third launch try Feb. 7 was put off to Saturday pending results of last-minute troubleshooting to assess the health of a kinked flex hose in the ship's coolant system.
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   STS-122 QUICK-LOOK
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   SHUTTLE ASCENT DATA
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   COUNTDOWN TIMELINE
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Spacewalkers replace broken station motor
Working in orbital darkness to minimize the risk of electric shock, astronauts Peggy Whitson and Dan Tani removed a faulty solar array positioning motor Wednesday and replaced it with a spare unit. The new motor is needed to boost the station's electrical generation enough to support the planned launches of European and Japanese research modules in February, March and April.
   SPACEWALK ENDS
   TESTS SUCCESSFUL
   NEW MOTOR INSTALLED
   FAILED MOTOR REMOVED
   SPACEWALK BEGINS
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Station juggles EVA, supply ship and shuttle plans
Russian space managers have agreed to move up the launch of an unmanned Progress supply ship by two days to Feb. 5, clearing the way for NASA to retarget launch of the shuttle Atlantis on a twice-delayed space station assembly mission for Feb. 7. NASA managers made the decision Thursday and officially announced it Friday, after consultation with the agency's international partners.
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Upgraded connector ready for shuttle fuel tank
An upgraded wiring connector will be ready for installation on the shuttle Atlantis' external tank this week in a bid to eliminate the vexing open circuits that grounded the orbiter twice in December.
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NASA pencils in Jan. 24 as earliest Atlantis launch date
NASA managers Thursday agreed to press ahead with work to replace suspect engine cutoff - ECO - sensor connectors on the shuttle Atlantis' external tank on the assumption parallel laboratory testing will confirm the root cause of open circuits that derailed two December launch tries.
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Shuttle launch date up in the air as repairs ordered
NASA managers Thursday cleared engineers to remove the external components of a suspect feed-through connector built into the wall of the shuttle Atlantis' external tank in a bid to fix intermittent electrical problems with engine cutoff sensors.
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Shuttle boss hopes for quick fix to sensor woes
Engineers have been provisionally cleared to remove a suspect feed-through plug and an external connector from the shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank for laboratory testing and a possible fix to eliminate intermittent electrical glitches with low-level engine-cutoff sensors.
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NASA managers assess
shuttle repair options

NASA managers Wednesday reviewed options for fixing suspect low-level engine cutoff - ECO - sensors in the shuttle Atlantis' fuel tank. No final decisions were made and potential launch dates were not discussed. But shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale, officials said, ruled out any discussion of launching Atlantis as is.
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NASA studying options to fix solar array problems
Shuttle or space station astronauts likely will be asked to replace a faulty motor assembly on the right side of the lab's power truss early next year that is needed to pivot a solar blanket from side to side to improve power generation. A different problem in a massive rotary joint used to turn the right-side solar panels like a giant paddle wheel will take longer to resolve.
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Atlantis fueling test points to source of sensor trouble
Precisely timing how electrical pulses moved back and forth through suspect engine cutoff sensor wiring during a fueling test Tuesday indicates intermittent open circuits that grounded the shuttle Atlantis on Dec. 6 and 9 were caused by problems in a critical-three part "feed-through" connector.
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Shuttle target launch date moved to Jan. 10
Launch of shuttle Atlantis on a critical space station assembly mission, delayed twice because of problems with troublesome low-level fuel sensors, will slip an additional week, from Jan. 2 to no earlier than Jan. 10, to give support personnel time off over the Christmas and New Year holidays, NASA managers said Thursday.
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Atlantis to be fueled again for more troubleshooting
Engineers are drawing up plans to load the shuttle Atlantis' external tank with supercold liquid hydrogen next week in a critical test to pinpoint the source of elusive, intermittent electrical problems in low-level fuel sensors that derailed two launch attempts.
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Shuttle Atlantis launch delayed to January
Sunday's launch of space shuttle Atlantis was called off after one of the troublesome liquid hydrogen sensors failed during fueling. The mission has been delayed until the next launch period opens in January.
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   SCRUB STORY
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Shuttle Atlantis counting down to Sunday launch try
NASA's Mission Management Team has cleared the shuttle Atlantis for a second launch attempt Sunday, but agreed that any additional problems with suspect low-level hydrogen fuel sensors in the ship's external tank will trigger another delay.
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NASA shoots for Sunday launch of shuttle Atlantis
Hoping critical fuel sensors will work properly the second time around, NASA managers Friday tentatively rescheduled the shuttle Atlantis for a delayed launch Sunday afternoon to kick off a high-profile mission to deliver Europe's Columbus research module to the international space station.
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Saturday is earliest shuttle Atlantis can launch
After a five-hour Mission Management Team meeting, NASA managers Thursday decided to delay the shuttle Atlantis' launch on a space station assembly mission until Saturday at the earliest because of problems with the circuitry associated with critical engine cutoff sensors in the ship's external tank.
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Shuttle Atlantis countdown proceeding smoothly
Engineers at the Kennedy Space Center are preparing the shuttle Atlantis for fueling and launch Thursday on a long-awaited mission to deliver Europe's Columbus research lab to the international space station.
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Atlantis astronauts arrive for start of countdown
The crew of the shuttle Atlantis flew to the Kennedy Space Center Monday for the start of the countdown to blastoff Thursday on a long-awaited mission to attach a European laboratory to the international space station.
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Shuttle Atlantis poised for blastoff Thursday
NASA managers have cleared the shuttle Atlantis and its crew for blastoff Thursday afternoon on a long-awaited flight to attach the European Space Agency's Columbus research lab to the international space station.
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Engineers troubleshoot possible station air leak
Space station engineers are troubleshooting an apparent leak in the vestibule between the U.S. Destiny laboratory and the newly installed Harmony connecting module that will serve as the attachment point for European and Japanese research labs.
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Spacewalkers find more damage in solar array joint
Astronaut Dan Tani, looking inside the space station's right-side solar alpha rotary joint Saturday, reported metallic contamination on the main gear bearing race similar to debris he saw in a different area of the joint during an inspection late last month. He and station commander Peggy Whitson also agreed the race ring appears to be damaged due to metal-on-metal interference of some sort.
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Spacewalkers connect power, cooling for Harmony
Peggy Whitson and Dan Tani completed a successful seven-hour spacewalk outside the space station Tuesday morning to route power and cooling to the new Harmony module. A second excursion will be needed Saturday to finish the job and help clear the way for launch of shuttle Atlantis Dec. 6 on a long-awaited mission to deliver a European laboratory module.
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Atlantis crew flies to Cape for practice countdown
The seven men set to launch aboard shuttle Atlantis next month for delivery of the European scientific laboratory to the space station will undergo a countdown dress rehearsal this week at Kennedy Space Center.
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Harmony module put in place aboard station
The space station's crew Wednesday detached the new multi-hatch Harmony module, now sporting a shuttle docking port on one end, and carefully moved the 34,500-pound assembly to its permanent home on the front of the lab complex. The high-stakes robotic operation was completed without a hitch, a critical step in a complex sequence to prepare the outpost for launch of Europe's Columbus research lab next month.
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Atlantis moves to pad


Space shuttle Atlantis began the three-and-a-half-mile trip from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch pad 39A at 4:43 a.m. EST Saturday morning. The mobile platform was firmly secured in place atop the seaside pad at 11:51 a.m. EST. Atlantis is scheduled for launch December 6 to ferry the Columbus science module to the space station.
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Station crew detaches shuttle's docking port
In a high-stakes transplant operation, the international space station's crew detached the lab's main shuttle docking port Monday, carefully moved it to the left side of the outpost and attached it to the new Harmony module.
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Spacewalk begins work to move station's new module
Space station commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko, staging a busy six-hour 55-minute spacewalk, completed final preparations Friday for moving the lab's shuttle docking port Monday, the next step in a complex sequence to prepare the outpost for delivery of European and Japanese research modules.
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Atlantis moves at sunrise


Space shuttle Atlantis took a sunrise drive from its hangar to Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building on Saturday morning. Atlantis is being readied for launch on December 6 to haul the European Space Agency's Columbus science laboratory module to the space station.
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STS-134 Patch

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard's historic Mercury mission with this collectors' item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.
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