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The cargo for space shuttle Atlantis' mission to the International Space Station (ISS) was moved to a launch pad and will be installed into the shuttle's payload bay, NASA has said.

MOSCOW, October 31 (RIA Novosti) -- The cargo for space shuttle Atlantis' mission to the International Space Station (ISS) was moved to a launch pad and will be installed into the shuttle's payload bay, NASA has said.

It said technicians would finish testing Atlantis' waste collection system this weekend and ground teams were getting ready for the final part of launch dress rehearsal known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT).

"The crew will fly to Kennedy Monday afternoon for the completion of TCDT," the agency said, adding that during their two-days at Kennedy they would participate in a simulated launch countdown where they practice liftoff procedures inside the shuttle.

NASA has delayed the launch of space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida until November 16 to have more time to test its new rocket.

Atlantis will deliver supplies and equipment to the ISS. The 11-day flight envisions three spacewalks to stage spare components outside of the International Space Station.

 

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