Attention Shifts to Atlantis As Astronauts Debrief Mission 26
WASHINGTON The shuttle orbiter Discovery, riding atop its 747 transport, was returned to the Kennedy Space Center Oct. 8, as attention shifted to the processing of the orbiter Atlantis set for launch on shuttle Mission 27. Work to begin stacking Atlantis on its Kennedy mobile launcher platform is scheduled to begin Oct. 21, with the Mission 27 vehicle’s rollout to Launch Pad 39B set for Oct. 28. The launch of Atlantis and its secret Defense Dept. satellite payload is now planned for about Nov. 23.