Space Shuttle Atlantis has been confirmed to launch on November 16th for the STS-129 mission to the International Space Station. The theme for this mission is Spare Parts. With the retirement of the Shuttle fleet next year there will be no active launch vehicle capable of hoisting spare parts to the orbital station, so NASA is devoting the remaining half dozen missions to making sure as much spare parts as possible are flown. Two external stowage platforms make up the major payload of the mission. Already loaded up with parts, the platforms will be attached to the giant truss section of the station so that spacewalking astronauts will have parts readily available.
Atlantis rolls to the pad
Spacers will be reporting on the launch preparations as the mission approaches.