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Space History Photo: STS-86 Rollout

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Space Shuttle Atlantis is shown during rollout onto Launch Pad 39A. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, shortly before dawn on Aug. 18, 1997, a red-rimmed moon helps to light the way for the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it rolls out to Launch Pad 39A in preparation for launch of Mission STS-86.

STS-86 will be the seventh docking of the Space Shuttle with the Russian Space Station Mir. Liftoff is targeted for no earlier than September 22.

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