Atlantis return delayed

From: Greg Williams (
Date: Sat Jun 30 2007 - 19:51:57 EDT

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    Technical issues related to mounting of Space Shuttle Atlantis atop its 
    modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft Friday night forced a one-day slip 
    in the shuttle's departure from Edwards Air Force Base on the first leg 
    of its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center.
    Shuttle officials advised that although Atlantis was soft-mated on the 
    three supports atop the modified 747 Friday night, difficulties with 
    proper alignment slowed final lockdown, forcing the one-day slip in 
    schedule. As it stands now, the ferry flight departure will not occur 
    until at least early Sunday morning, July 1, with takeoff no earlier 
    than 5:30 a.m. Pacific time. The actual time of departure will be 
    determined after a weather briefing early Sunday morning.
    Greg Williams
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