Atlantis Prepares for Return to Florida Today

Space shuttle Atlantis is shown suspended from a sling in the Mate-DeMate Device at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center during preparations for its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image Credit: NASA/Tony Landis

Atlantis is shown suspended from a sling during preparations for its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: NASA/Tony Landis

The space shuttle Atlantis was being readied over the past few days for its return trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on the back of one NASA’s specially engineered 747s.  The Ferry Flight of Atlantis is scheduled to take off this morning from Edwards Air Force Base in California.  If you are interested in learning more, one of the NASA employees has been blogging about preparations for the Ferry Flight on the NASA website.  There are lots of cool pictures of Atlantis being prepped for shipment on the blog also.

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