06.08.07 – 6:00 p.m. EDT
In the White Room, the closeout crew wished the STS-117 crew good luck and best wishes as they secured Atlantis’ hatch for launch. The astronauts are now going through final checks inside the orbiter to prepare for their journey to the International Space Station.
When Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A, it will be the first launch from that launch pad in over 4 years.
Image above: At Launch Pad 39A, the closeout crew seals the hatch of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Image credit: NASA