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August 14, 2006

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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: Aug. 31, 2006
Launch Time: 3:12:24 - 3:14:24 or 4:20:28 - 4:35:28 p.m. EDT

At Launch Complex 17, the launch team is performing the Delta II Flight Simulation today. This is an electrical and mechanical test of the rocket that activates the first and second stage onboard systems, taking them through the programmed flight events as they will occur during launch.

In the Hazardous Processing Facility clean room, STEREO spin-test activities were successfully completed on Saturday. Thermal blanket closeouts and final spacecraft cleaning are under way. The STEREO payload is scheduled for mating to the upper stage booster on Wednesday. It will be transported to Pad 17-B on Friday for integration with the Delta II.

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