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Fraser
2007-Feb-12, 01:55 AM
The Space Shuttle Atlantis was transported to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Wednesday, beginning the preparations for its assembly. Over the coming days, technicians will attach Atlantis to its external fuel tank, and twin solid rocket boosters. ...

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2007/02/11/atlantis-prepared-for-assembly/)

Grand_Lunar
2007-Feb-12, 12:48 PM
Hope the weather is good that day, both there and where I live. It will be neat to see a morning launch.

It seems Atlantis could use some touch up on her paint job.

BigDon
2007-Feb-13, 09:34 AM
You're right GL. The paint job is starting to look a little "patchy" up close.

gGriffeth
2007-Feb-16, 01:55 AM
Why is this one called STS- 117 if the last one was called STS-115?
Was there a 116?

Bean Counter
2007-Feb-16, 05:44 PM
Why is this one called STS- 117 if the last one was called STS-115?
Was there a 116?

The flights are numbered by mission. As the schedule of flights gets moved around, missions get out of sequential order. STS-116 was the last shuttle flight, though, as it went up last December (2006). It built the P5 truss on the ISS. STS-115 went up in September of '06 and built the P3/P4 truss.

Grand_Lunar
2007-Feb-16, 05:49 PM
The numbers for the shuttle missions are based on the initial schedule, not launch order.

The last mission was STS-116, launched December 9.
STS-115 was launched September 9. That one was preceded by STS-121.

EDIT: D'oh! Bean Counter beat me to this.