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Altantis Receives "Go" on Launch
News story originally written on September 25, 1997

NASA is sending astronaut David Wolf to the space station Mir on the shuttle Atlantis. Wolf will replace Michael Foale who has been on the station since May. Atlantis will be launched on September 25 at 10:34 p.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

There is some controversy behind NASA's decision to send Wolf to the space station. Many people are concerned for his safety aboard Mir because the station has had so many problems in the past year. Many experts have checked out the safety of the Mir space station. They are certain that sending Wolf to Mir is the right decision.

The space shuttle Atlantis will dock with the space station. The joint shuttle and Mir 24 crew will transfer hardware, science equipment, and water between the two spacecraft. And of course, Michael Foale will board Atlantis so he can make the trip back home to Earth.

David Wolf is excited about his stay on Mir. He will stay on Mir for the next four months.

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