NASA's Atlantis set for June 8 launch

Posted on Saturday, Jun 02 2007 @ 08:55 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
NASA announced Space Shuttle Atlantis has been cleared for launch on June 8:
Barring technical problems or weather-related delays, the shuttle is scheduled to lift off at 7:38 p.m. EDT (2338 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

"We're good to go," shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said. "We have no show-stoppers ahead of us," he told a news conference.

NASA had planned to fly its first mission of the year in March, but a hailstorm on February 26 hammered the shuttle, damaging its external fuel tank.

The shuttle was returned to a processing hangar for repairs that stole valuable time from a tight schedule to finish building the space station before shuttles -- which are required for assembly of the orbital outpost -- are retired in 2010

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