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A crew of NASA astronauts have arrived at the Kennedy Space
A crew of NASA astronauts have arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the repeatedly-delayed Atlantis space shuttle launch now set for February 7, a space agency spokesperson said on Monday.

During the upcoming mission, the crew members will carry out three spacewalks, installing and activating the $2 billion Columbus space laboratory, which has taken some 10 years to construct and is Europe's main contribution to the International Space Station (ISS).

The ISS crew will also see a new face, with flight engineer Daniel Tani to be replaced by European Space Agency astronaut Leopold Eyharts.

The flight has been repeatedly delayed since December 6 over problems with faulty fuel tank sensors and a radiator hose. The launch of the 24th shuttle mission to the ISS is still uncertain however due to weather concerns that make yet another delay extremely likely.

The Atlantis crew consists of seven astronauts - commander Stephen Frick, pilot Alan Poindexter, mission specialists Rex Walheim, Leland Melvin and Stanley Love plus European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts, Hans Schlegel from Germany and French national Leopold Eyharts.


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