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Space Shuttle Endeavour Assembled For Final Mission Launch

The external fuel tank for Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission was lifted into a "checkout cell" on Sept. 29 in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. ET-122 arrived at Kennedy on Sept. 27, and was taken off its transport barge and moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building on Sept. 28. The tank was inspected for its flight in the cell for about 15 days and then moved onto a mobile launch platform where it will be attached to two solid rocket boosters and eventually Endeavour.

Space shuttle Endeavour was bolted to its external tank and twin solid rocket boosters on March 1. This "mating" took place in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida following the orbiter's move from its processing hangar.

Endeavour is slated to rollout to Launch Pad 39A for mission STS-134, its final flight. During the 14-day mission, Endeavour's six astronauts will deliver to the International Space Station the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle physics detector designed to search for various types of unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays.

The astronaut crew of Space Shuttle Endeavour also will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier 3, a platform that carries spare parts that will sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired later this year. Endeavour's launch is targeted for April 19, 2011
The external fuel tank for Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission was lifted into a "checkout cell" on Sept. 29 in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. ET-122 arrived at Kennedy on Sept. 27,...
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