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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-3749

Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(321) 867-2468

March 3, 2006
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report: S06-007
NASA's space shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th International Space Station Flight (ULF1.1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: No earlier than May 10, 2006
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

On Thursday, Space Shuttle Program management set a launch date of no earlier than May 10 for Discovery's launch to the International Space Station. Technicians continue preparing Discovery for its roll over from Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Work is under way to close out various areas of the vehicle for flight.

Following the installation of the space shuttle main engines, technicians added a dome-mounted heat shield around each engine. The heat shields are composed of two, semi-circle shaped sections of thermal protection system tiles that surround the engines.

The external fuel tank for the STS-121 mission arrived by barge at Kennedy Wednesday, five days after leaving the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tank, designated ET-119, was towed into the Vehicle Assembly Building. On Thursday it was lifted into a checkout area for final processing before being attached to the solid rocket boosters.

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

Technicians continue processing Atlantis for its mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for no earlier than Aug. 28. The vehicle is in a scheduled powered-down period, with the next power-up as early as next week.

Leak checks of water coolant loop No. 1 were successfully completed. Servicing of that loop is scheduled for the middle of next week. Work on the shuttle's thermal protection system (heat shield) continues with gap filler removal and replacements.

Endeavour (OV-105)

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, work continues on Endeavour following an extensive modification period. The vehicle remains powered-down, and technicians continue to implement the new Return to Flight modifications.

Rigging of both the elbow and shoulder for the remote manipulator system (shuttle arm) continues. Final work continues on the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap. It is scheduled to be installed into the vehicle next week.

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