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Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468

06.19.06
 
STATUS REPORT : S-061906
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
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Mission: STS-121 - 18th International Space Station Flight (ULF1.1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Target Launch Date: July 1-19, 2006
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

NASA's Flight Readiness Review was completed Saturday, with managers setting a July 1 launch date.

At Launch Pad 39B, installation of ordnance in the orbiter and in the solid rocket boosters is complete. Flight crew systems workers installed extravehicular maneuvering units in the crew cabin on Saturday. The suits are worn by shuttle crew members for spacewalks. Mid-body closeouts in the payload bay are complete. Closure of the payload bay doors was delayed when a small amount of water seeped through the payload changeout room dock seals during violent weekend thunderstorms. Initial inspections revealed no damage to the orbiter. The payload bay doors will be closed for flight as soon as final inspections are complete.