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A day after NASA's Ares I-X test flight launched from Kennedy Space Centre, agency executives are meeting at the spaceport to set a launch date for space shuttle Atlantis next month.
NASA is targeting a 2:28 p.m. Nov. 16 liftoff.

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NASA has pushed back the next space shuttle launch to Nov. 16 to focus more resources on next week's planned Ares I-X test flight.
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Ed ~ The space shuttle Atlantis, STS-129, is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station, from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, at 19:28 GMT 16th November, 2009.

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Atlantis Rolls Out To Launch Pad
The shuttle finished up the 3 -mile trip just after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The rollout took about six hours.

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Shuttle Atlantis Staying Put For Another Day
Space shuttle Atlantis was supposed to be at the launch pad by now, but NASA has had to delay the rollout several times.

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As day breaks at Kennedy Space Centre, the space shuttle orbiter Atlantis has begun backing out of a processing hangar to begin a quarter-mile trip to the Vehicle Assembly Building.
Mounted on a 76-wheeled transporter, the 100-ton space ship with a 78-foot wingspan is taking its first step toward a planned mid-November launch to the International Space Station.

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Meteors, traffic jeopardise Atlantis launch
Two planned rocket launches, short shuttle launch windows, traffic congestion at the International Space Station and two meteor showers could conspire to push space shuttle Atlantis' planned November flight into the new year.

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NASA Sets Briefings for November Space Shuttle Mission
NASA will preview the next space shuttle mission during a series of news briefings on Friday, Oct. 16, at NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston. NASA Television and the agency's Web site will broadcast the briefings live. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations.
Shuttle Atlantis' 11-day mission, designated STS-129, is targeted to launch Nov. 12. The flight will include three spacewalks and the installation of two platforms to the International Space Station's truss, or backbone. The platforms will hold spare hardware to sustain station operations after the shuttle is retired. Atlantis also will return NASA astronaut Nicole Stott after spending more than two months aboard the orbiting laboratory. This is slated to be the final time a station crew member will be returned home on a space shuttle flight.

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