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June 9, 2006

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(321) 867-2468

Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: July 22, 2006
Launch Times: 3:11 - 3:13 p.m. and 4:19 - 4:34 p.m. EDT

Testing and prelaunch processing of STEREO continue on schedule. Deep Space Network spacecraft compatibility testing is under way. Launch and mission simulation exercises are also being performed. Upcoming next week is further thermal blanket installation and preparations for attaching the solar arrays. STEREO is scheduled to be transported to Launch Complex 17 on July 11 to be mated to the Boeing Delta II rocket.

The first stage of the Delta II rocket at Pad 17-B was erected on June 2. The first of three sets of three solid rocket boosters were attached on June 5. At this time, the Delta II second stage is scheduled to be hoisted into position and mated to the first stage on June 20. The crew will raise the 10-foot fairing into the pad clean room on June 21.

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