NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off on final voyageMay 15th, 2010 - 1:37 am ICT by BNO News
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (BNO NEWS) — The Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday afternoon lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on its final mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission will deliver cargo, critical spare parts and a Russian laboratory to the station.
With a crew of six on board, the space shuttle lifted off at 2.20 p.m. Eastern time on its 32nd and final flight. More than 40,000 people had gathered at the launch site to catch one of the few remaining space shuttle flights.
The Russian-built Mini Research Module-1 is inside the shuttle’s cargo bay. Also known as Rassvet (dawn in Russian), it will provide additional storage space and a new docking port for Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft. The laboratory will be attached to the bottom port of the station’s Zarya module.
The STS-132 crew consists of Commander Ken Ham, who is joined by Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Michael Good, Steve Bowen, and Piers Sellers, all veteran space fliers. Good and Sellers rode Atlantis into orbit on their first space missions in 2009 and 2002, respectively.
The shuttle crew is scheduled to dock to the station at 10:27 a.m. EDT on Sunday. The mission’s three spacewalks will focus on storing spare components outside the station, including six batteries, a communications antenna and parts for the Canadian Dextre robotic arm.
After completing the 12-day STS-132 mission, the shuttle’s first landing opportunity at Kennedy is scheduled for 8:44 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26. STS-132 is the 132nd shuttle flight, the 32nd flight for Atlantis and the 34th shuttle mission dedicated to station assembly and maintenance.
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