In the transfer aisle inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, the orbiter Atlantis hangs suspended from an overhead crane before it begins to lift the orbiter to a vertical position. Once in position, it will be mated with its external tank and solid rocket boosters before being transported to Launch Pad 39A. Atlantis will fly on mission STS-101 to the International Space Station, where its crew of seven will prepare the Station for the arrival of the next pressurized module Zvezda. Atlantis is expected to launch no earlier than April 17, 2000. (Photo Release Date: 03/17/2000 )
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