Space Shuttle Leaves Fort Campbell, Headed To Florida

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - NASA says the space shuttle has departed Fort Campbell, and is scheduled to arrive in Florida within the hour.

The space shuttle left the western Kentucky Army base at about five-15 a-m central time, according to the NASA news center. The shuttle is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy Space Center between eight-35 a-m and eight 45 a-m eatern time.

A jumbo jet carrying the shuttle Atlantis landed yesterday at Fort Campbell along the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Fort Campbell spokeswoman Kelly Tyler called the shuttle "a thing of beauty."

The shuttle flew in from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Atlantis landed June 22nd with seven astronauts aboard after a 14-day construction mission at the international space station.

Officials say this is the second time a space shuttle has stopped at Fort Campbell. The first was in 1998 when the shuttle stayed for about four days until weather cleared in Florida.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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