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The space shuttle Atlantis has been moved back to its hanger to repair hailstorm damage sustained last week.
The 5.5km  journey aboard the huge crawler-transporter took about seven hours to complete.
The decision to roll the orbiter back to the Vehicle Assembly Building was taken after engineers found small dents in the vehicle's external fuel tank.

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Hail from a passing thunderstorm dinged a section of space shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank, and NASA managers weren't sure Tuesday morning if the damage was severe enough to postpone next month's launch.
The storm Monday evening passed over the launch pad where Atlantis was being prepared for a March 15 launch.
NASA technicians have two options: They can make repairs to the external tank on the launch pad using an enormous crane, or they can move the space shuttle back into its Vehicle Assembly Building to fix the divots.
The damage is concentrated in the upper third of the enormous external tank, a section which holds liquid oxygen propellant.
The shuttle's launch window extends into late March. Russia plans to launch a Soyuz vehicle to the international space station in early April.

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The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis was rolled out to its seaside launch pad on Thursday in preparation for a planned liftoff in March on the first of five missions NASA hopes to fly this year.
Liftoff of the shuttle and a six-person crew is targeted for March 15. The shuttle will carry a new solar power module for the International Space Station, a $100 billion orbital project headed by the United States and Russia in partnership with 15 other countries.

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis,  STS-117 is set to  launch from LC-39A, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida at  10:42 GMT, March 15 to deliver the next starboard truss segment to the International Space Station.

Nasa has pushed up by a day its first space shuttle launch attempt of the year, a mission that will continue the construction of the International Space Station, officials said on Thursday.
The space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts are now set to blast off from the Kennedy Space Centre at 6.43am on March 15. Final approval of that date will be made at a meeting of Nasa managers at the end of February.

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NASA has finalised crew assignments for two space shuttle missions targeted for launch in 2007 to continue assembly of the International Space Station.

Frederick Sturckow, a Marine colonel, will command STS-117. The mission will deliver the second and third starboard truss segments (S3/S4) and another pair of solar arrays to the space station. Pilot Lee Archambault, an Air Force colonel, joins Sturckow in the Shuttle’s ****pit. Mission specialists James Reilly II, Ph.D., Patrick Forrester, Steven Swanson, Ph.D., and John D. Olivas, Ph.D., round out the crew. STS-117 is the 21st shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

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