Atlantis will deliver a year's worth of provisions to proactively stock the shelves of the International Space Station while NASA awaits commercial firms SpaceX and Orbital Sciences to begin routinely servicing the outpost with resupply missions.
"This flight is incredibly important to space station. The cargo that is coming up on this flight is really mandatory for the space station," Gerstenmaier said.
Friday, July 01, 2011
Final Shuttle Mission Set for July 8th
Spaceflight Now | STS-135 Shuttle Report | NASA formally sets July 8 for final space shuttle launch