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

07.17.06
 
STATUS REPORT : S-071706
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
Note: NASA's Kennedy Space Center issues Space Shuttle Processing Status Reports periodically and is the source for information regarding processing activities associated with the vehicles and payloads. This report does not necessarily reflect the chronological order of future space shuttle missions. If you are a member of the media and would like further information, visit:
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Mission: STS-121 - 18th International Space Station Flight (ULF1.1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Official Launch Date: July 4, 2006 at 2:38 p.m.
Official Landing Date: July 17, 2006 at 9:14 a.m.
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

After 12 days, 18 hours and 37 minutes of flight, orbiter Discovery safely landed at Kennedy Space Center today with a main landing gear touchdown at 9:14:43 a.m. EDT. The nose landing gear touched down at 9:14:53 a.m. The orbiter came to a full stop at 9:15:49 a.m. Discovery made 202 trips around the Earth and traveled 5.3 million miles during the mission. Following a four-hour period of landing operations at the shuttle landing strip, the orbiter systems were safed and technicians connected Discovery to ground support equipment for ground cooling and purging of the interior spaces. Preliminary inspections revealed 93 total hits to the orbiter's thermal protection system with 11 greater than one inch in diameter. The vehicle was towed to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3, where the processing flow will begin for its next mission, STS-116, targeted for launch in December.

Mission: STS-115 - 19th International Space Station Flight (12A) - P3/P4 Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: No earlier than Aug. 28, 2006
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Jett, Ferguson, Tanner, Burbank, MacLean and Stefanyshyn-Piper
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1, workers are making final preparations for the rollover of Atlantis to the Vehicle Assembly Building, currently scheduled for July 25. Forward closeouts continue and T-0 umbilical disconnects are scheduled to be completed today. The T-0 umbilical is the connection point for ground power to the orbiter. Final orbiter "power down" for rollover is scheduled for today. Final tire pressure for flight is under way. Procedures this week include orbiter jackdown, weight and center-of-gravity operations, which occur prior to the vehicle's transfer to the transporter. Atlantis will be placed on its transporter on Wednesday.