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|Public to Get Close Look at Space Shuttle Atlantis at
Fort Campbell, Ky., on Saturday, Sept. 26
See a Space Shuttle up close and personal!
The Shuttle Atlantis -- a veteran of 20 flights in space -- and its 747 carrier aircraft will be on public display at Fort Campbell, Ky., Saturday, Sept. 26, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CDT.
Members of the NASA team moving the Shuttle between California and Florida will be on hand to answer questions.
The Shuttle stopped at Fort Campbell en route from Palmdale, Calif., to the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., after undergoing months of refurbishment. The planned overnight stop at Campbell Army Airfield has been extended through the weekend because of threatening weather in Florida.
Visitors coming to Fort Campbell Saturday to see the Shuttle should enter through the main gate (Gate 4) on Alternate 41 between Hopkinsville, Ky., and Clarksville, Tenn. To reach Alternate 41, use Exit 4 off Interstate 24. Follow the signs to Fort Campbell.
Fort Campbell is one of several way points designated by NASA as a stopover location when moving Space Shuttle orbiters between the West and East coasts. Atlantis¹ visit marks the first time for Fort Campbell to host a Space Shuttle.
Atlantis became the first U.S. spacecraft to dock with the Russian space station Mir during a 1995 mission. Its last flight was in September 1997. During refurbishment at Palmdale, Atlantis was upgraded to support launch of the International Space Station. Its next flight is scheduled for June 1999.
Atlantis arrived at Fort Campbell Wednesday afternoon after making a low pass over Nashville, Tenn. More than 15,000 students, teachers and parents got a close look at the Space Shuttle perched atop its Boeing 747 carrier aircraft on Thursday, when Fort Campbell hosted visits by area schools.
There will be no public viewing on Friday.
Editor's Note: For more information, news media may contact the Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office at (502) 798-3025. Or media may page Dave Drachlis of NASA¹s Marshall Space Flight Center Media Relations Office by pager at (800) 539-4058. For additional information or photos, visit the Marshall Center's new ³virtual news center² at: /centers/msfc/NEWSROOM/