May 29, 2009

Atlantis Set To Return To Florida

After landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California on May 24 following the successful Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, space shuttle Atlantis is about to start its cross-country journey back to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Mounted on a modified Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, Atlantis is expected to begin its journey from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., to Kennedy as early as Sunday, May 31. The exact date and time of departure have yet to be set because of changing weather conditions and the fluid nature of preparing Atlantis for the flight. For the latest information about the ferry flight, journalists should call 321-867-2525.

For the first time ever, a ferry flight team member will blog details of Atlantis' trip at: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

Live status updates will be added periodically to the NASA News Twitter feed during the flight. To access the feed, visit: http://www.twitter.com/nasa

NASA Television will provide live coverage of Atlantis' departure and arrival. For NASA TV downlink, the schedule of ferry flight coverage and streaming video information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv