Orbiter: Atlantis
Mission: STS-132
Payload: MRM 1
Launch: May 14, 2010
Time: 2:20 p.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center
Landing: May 26 @ approx. 8:48 a.m.
Site: KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility

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By Justin Ray

Welcome to Spaceflight Now's live coverage of space shuttle Atlantis' STS-132 mission to the International Space Station. Text updates will appear automatically; there is no need to reload the page.
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SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010
For the latest video from Atlantis' mission, check out our extensive archive for STS-132 here.

High Definition footage of pre-flight and launch events can be seen here.

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1640 GMT (12:40 p.m. EDT)
Today's story has been updated following the mission status briefing. Read it here.
1335 GMT (9:35 a.m. EDT)
With Atlantis' looming departure from the space station tomorrow, the astronauts are spending time today getting equipment transferred between the two spacecraft. Commander Ken Ham talked about the day's work in a pre-flight interview:

"We're obligated to transfer everything out of the mid-deck that we brought up there, supplies, equipment, for space station. In this particular case, again because we're coming to the end of the shuttle program, managers decided to pull the typical seventh person off the crew and use that space for cargo and mass for cargo. So on the mid-deck, where that seventh seat normally sits, we have some rails and a large bag full of gear, so there's maybe more than the typical amount of mid-deck transfer to do.

"So it's a busy game of accounting for all of this equipment, making sure it goes to the right place and then getting the down mass down from space station. Down mass is a growing concern with shuttle going away. You can't bring it down on a Progress, and a Soyuz is pretty small, so there's a desire to get a lot of stuff back.

"(This) day is our shock absorber of essentially managing that problem, making sure it's all ready to go."
1105 GMT (7:05 a.m. EDT)
Astronauts Piers Sellers and Garrett Reisman, operating the space station's robot arm, moved a cargo pallet loaded with old solar array batteries back to the shuttle Atlantis' cargo bay Saturday for return to Earth.

Read our full story.
1001 GMT (6:01 a.m. EDT)
The delivery pallet officially known as the Integrated Cargo Carrier -- Vertical Light Deployable, or ICC-VLD, has completed its role in Atlantis' mission and returned to the payload bay for the ride back to Earth.

The carrier held new space-to-ground communications antenna dish and support boom, plus a tool holder for the Dextre robot that were unloaded and added to the outpost during Monday's spacewalk. The flip side housed the six fresh batteries for the Port 6 solar array truss that were installed during EVAs on Wednesday and Friday.

The old batteries removed from the truss were mounted on the carrier to be brought back to the ground.
0929 GMT (5:29 a.m. EDT)
The pallet is get lined up over the payload bay for berthing.
0855 GMT (4:55 a.m. EDT)
Relocation of the pallet is underway by robotic arm operators Piers Sellers and Garrett Reisman. They are working at the robotics control station inside the cupola.
0820 GMT (4:20 a.m. EDT)
The space station's robot arm has grappled the cargo pallet to remove from the mobile transporter for placement into shuttle Atlantis' payload bay.
0750 GMT (3:50 a.m. EDT)
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0521 GMT (1:21 a.m. EDT)
The clock has sounded to awaken Atlantis' astronauts for Flight Day 9, their last full day docked at the International Space Station.

The first order of business this morning will be relocating the cargo carrier from the station to the shuttle's payload bay.

Read our earlier status center coverage.

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Shuttle Atlantis on launch pad 39A.
Spaceflight Now photo by Justin Ray.