June 3, 2009

Atlantis is Home; Endeavour Crew Arrives for Rehearsal

Space shuttle Atlantis landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a modified 747 jet known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. On May 24, Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California completing mission STS-125, a 13-day journey of approximately 5.3 million miles in space.

With the STS-125 mission completed, the shuttle team is shifting its attention to the next flight, space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.

Endeavour is in place at Launch Pad 39A, setting the stage for this week's terminal countdown demonstration test. The STS-127 payload, the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section, was installed in Endeavour's payload bay June 1.

The STS-127 crew members arrived at Kennedy on Tuesday for the terminal countdown demonstration test, which concludes Thursday with a dress rehearsal for their upcoming launch. Liftoff is targeted for June 13.


Image Caption: This overhead view is of Atlantis atop a modified 747 as the craft flew over California's high desert. Atlantis and the crew of the STS-125 mission landed at Edwards Air Force Base on May 24, 2009, and departed Edwards on the journey home via ferry to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, June 1, 2009. The shuttle landed safely the following day at 6:53 p.m. EDT. Image Credit: NASA/Jim Ross


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