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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ After weeks of fuel line repairs, NASA's space shuttle is poised to end a three-month launch hiatus with Monday's planned liftoff to the international space station.
Six astronauts are set to ride to orbit aboard shuttle Atlantis at 3:46 p.m. Their primary mission: Install a key truss that will help form the backbone needed to support future power-producing solar arrays on the station. The planned 11-day flight will be the first for the shuttle since June, when sister ship Endeavour visited the outpost to drop off three new residents.
"This is the first time we have ever attached two truss segments together," said Bill Gerstenmaier, the space station program manager. "It's extremely complex and made even more difficult by doing it in space." …