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Atlantis hoisted to meet tank and boosters for final space shuttle launch
BY SPACEFLIGHT NOW
Posted: May 18, 2011


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Heavy-duty cranes inside the Vehicle Assembly Building lifted the shuttle Atlantis from the floor to the ceiling Wednesday night, then lowered the 100-ton spaceship in place next to a waiting external tank and solid rocket boosters.

Atlantis is being prepared for the final space shuttle mission this summer.

Photo credit: Ben Cooper/Spaceflight Now

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