KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- After RSS rollback, Space Shuttle Atlantis is ready for final launch preparations. The orbiter access arm, with the environmentally controlled White Room at the end, is extended to the orbiter to allow entry into Atlantis. Above it is the gaseous oxygen vent arm with its characteristic beanie cap or hood placed over the external tank. The retractable arm and vent hood assembly allows gaseous oxygen vapors to vent away from the Space Shuttle vehicle. The vapors are created as the liquid oxygen in the external tank boils off. At the lower end of Atlantis are the tail service masts, in front of either wing. The masts support the fluid, gas and electrical requirements of the orbiters liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen aft T-0 umbilicals. Launch on mission STS-104 is scheduled for 5:04 a.m. July 12. The launch is the 10th assembly flight to the International Space Station. Along with a crew of five, Atlantis will carry the joint airlock module as primary payload. (Photo Release Date: 07/11/2001 )
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