Shuttle Endeavour Moves Closer to March Launch

Shuttle Endeavour Moves Closer to March Launch
The space shuttle Endeavour rolls over to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Feb. 11, 2008 for a planned March 11 launch.
(Image: © NASA/Jim Grossman.)

The orbiter Endeavour is inthe Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building after a move this morningfrom its shuttle processing hangar.

Mounted atop a 76-wheel transporter, the $1.8 billion spaceship was backed outof Bay No. 2 of the Orbiter Processing Facility at 7:36 a.m. About 100 workersescorted the orbiter as it was wheeled into the 52-storyassembly building. The quarter-mile move took about 20 minutes to complete.

The orbiter will be hoisted about a mobile launcher platform and then connectedto an external tank with attached solid rocket boosters. The fully assembledshuttle is scheduled to roll out to launch pad 39A a week from today.

Endeavour and seven astronauts are scheduled to launch March 11 on a mission todelivery a two-armedCanadian robot and the first section of the JapaneseKibo science research facility to the International Space Station.

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