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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Works at Launch Pad 39A begin closing the payload bay doors on Space Shuttle Atlantis. The payload includes the SPACEHAB Double Module (center) and two GetAway Special (GAS) canisters containing student experiments, known as MARS and SEM-06. The primary mission of STS-101 is to deliver logistics and supplies to the International Space Station, plus prepare the Station for the arrival of the Zvezda Service Module, expected to be launched by Russia in July 2000. The crew will conduct one space walk to perform maintenance on the Space Station. This will be the third assembly flight for the Space Station. STS-101 is scheduled to launch April 24 at 4:15 p.m. from Launch Pad 39A KSC-00pp0495

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Works at Launch Pad 39A begin closing the payload bay doors on Space Shuttle Atlantis. The payload includes the SPACEHAB Double Module (center) and two GetAway Special (GAS) canisters containing student experiments, known as MARS and SEM-06. The primary mission of STS-101 is to deliver logistics and supplies to the International Space Station, plus prepare the Station for the arrival of the Zvezda Service Module, expected to be launched by Russia in July 2000. The crew will conduct one space walk to perform maintenance on the Space Station. This will be the third assembly flight for the Space Station. STS-101 is scheduled to launch April 24 at 4:15 p.m. from Launch Pad 39A KSC-00pp0495

 
 
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Works at Launch Pad 39A begin closing the payload bay doors on Space Shuttle Atlantis. The payload includes the SPACEHAB Double Module (center) and two GetAway Special (GAS) canisters containing student experiments, known as MARS and SEM-06. The primary mission of STS-101 is to deliver logistics and supplies to the International Space Station, plus prepare the Station for the arrival of the Zvezda Service Module, expected to be launched by Russia in July 2000. The crew will conduct one space walk to perform maintenance on the Space Station. This will be the third assembly flight for the Space Station. STS-101 is scheduled to launch April 24 at 4:15 p.m. from Launch Pad 39A

The Space Shuttle program was the United States government's manned launch vehicle program from 1981 to 2011, administered by NASA and officially beginning in 1972. The Space Shuttle system—composed of an orbiter launched with two reusable solid rocket boosters and a disposable external fuel tank— carried up to eight astronauts and up to 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) of payload into low Earth orbit (LEO). When its mission was complete, the orbiter would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere and lands as a glider. Although the concept had been explored since the late 1960s, the program formally commenced in 1972 and was the focus of NASA's manned operations after the final Apollo and Skylab flights in the mid-1970s. It started with the launch of the first shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981, on STS-1. and finished with its last mission, STS-135 flown by Atlantis, in July 2011.

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