Photo Gallery: Tricky repair at launch pad 39A
Posted: April 14, 2000
Workers preformed an unprecedented repair job on space shuttle Atlantis, replacing a balky 300-pound hydraulic unit in the spaceship's tail while the winged-orbiter stood on its exposed seaside launch pad. Photos: NASA/KSC.
Flight data file
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Payload: ISS 2A.2a
Launch date: April 24, 2000
Launch window: 2012-2022 GMT (4:12-4:22 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Landing date: May 4, 2000
Landing time: 1523 GMT (11:23 a.m. EDT)
Landing site: SLF, KSC
Crew: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Williams, Voss, Helms, Usachev
Workers remove the faulty Power Drive Unit from space shuttle Atlantis using a heavy-lift crane at launch pad 39A.
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A replacement Power Drive Unit is installed inside space shuttle Atlantis' tail at launch pad 39A on April 12.
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Shuttle technicians oversee the freezing of hydraulic lines leading to Atlantis' broken Power Drive Unit on April 12.
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