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Shuttle Launch Set



(Note:  This crew will carry ARISS hardware for the International Space
Station but will not go on the air)

NASA News   <<...>>
National Aeronautics and
Space Administration

John F. Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
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Bruce Buckingham                                                For
Release:
Aug. 29, 2000
Kennedy Space Center, FL

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, TX

KSC Release No. 70 - 00

ATLANTIS LIFTOFF SET SEPT. 8 TO OPEN DOORS OF NEW STATION MODULE

                Following a thorough review of mission preparations
today,
the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis has been set for Sept. 8, 2000 on a

mission that will open the doors to the International Space Station's
new
living quarters.

                "This mission begins a series of Station assembly
flights
aboard the Shuttle during the next year that will be as complex and
challenging as anything NASA has ever done, including landing a man on
the
moon," Space Shuttle Program Manager Ron Dittemore said. "I believe
these
flights will be as impressive as they are complex. The team has done a
fantastic job preparing Atlantis for this mission, and we're excited and

ready to get started."

                Atlantis's liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center on
Shuttle
mission STS-106 will be targeted for 8:45 a.m. EDT at the opening of a
launch window that will be less than five minutes long. During the
planned
11-day flight, the crew of seven will spend a week docked to the
International Space Station, unloading more than one and a half tons of
equipment and supplies from both the Shuttle and from a docked Russian
Progress cargo craft.

                This mission will set the stage for the arrival of the
first
resident Station crew, planned to launch and begin living aboard the
outpost
later this year.

                Terry Wilcutt will command Atlantis and Scott D. Altman
will
be pilot. The crew also includes Edward T. Lu, Richard A Mastraccchio,
Daniel C. Burbank, Yuri I. Malenchenko and Boris V. Morukov as mission
specialists. While Atlantis is docked to the Station, Lu and Malenchenko
are
scheduled to perform one spacewalk to conduct assembly tasks.

            Atlantis is scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Center at

about 4 a.m. EDT Sept. 19.



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