KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Under cloudy skies, Space Shuttle Atlantis inches its way to Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building (right). The journey is a distance of just over 3 miles. The water in the foreground is part of Banana Creek. Atlantis will fly on mission STS-98, the seventh construction flight to the International Space Station. The orbiter will carry in its payload bay the U.S. Laboratory, named Destiny, that will have five system racks already installed inside the module. After delivery of electronics in the lab, electrically powered attitude control for Control Moment Gyroscopes will be activated. Atlantis is scheduled for launch no earlier than Jan. 19, 2001, with a crew of five. (Photo Release Date: 01/02/2001 )
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