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Space Shuttle: Atlantis
Primary Payload: Raffaello Multi-purpose Logistics Module
Targeted Launch Date: July 8
Launch Time: 11:26 a.m. EDT
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A
Targeted Landing Date: July 20
Landing Time: 7:06 a.m. EDT
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility
Mission Duration: 12 days
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
Atlantis at the Launch Pad
Space shuttle Atlantis completed its 3.4-mile trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A on June 1, becoming the last shuttle to make that journey.
The STS-135 crew is commanded by Chris Ferguson and includes Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus. Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module containing deliver supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station.
The mission also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems.