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Atlantis Set to Launch
News story originally written on April 21, 2000
After several delays, the Space Shuttle Atlantis is finally read to
launch on April 24, 2000, from Kennedy Space Center. The crew, led by
Commander James Halsell, will spend the weekend making final preparations for the journey.
The mission is to visit the International Space Station and drop off supplies
while making some simple upgrades. NASA scheduled this mission because Russia
is experiencing some delays in launching the service module.
"Everything is going very well out at the launch pad,'' KSC spokesman Joel Wells
said. "We're ready to proceed toward launch.''
This will be the second shuttle mission this year. Astronauts haven't
visited the ISS since last June.
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