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Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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:

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, 3:49 p.m. EDT
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Aft closeouts of Discovery continue, and payload bay inspections and closeouts are complete. The payload bay doors were closed for flight early Tuesday. Flight crew system workers finished checkouts of the extravehicular maneuvering units, which are stowed in the airlock, and airlock closeouts are complete. By the end of today, all checkouts of the external tank and solid rocket boosters will be finalized, and those components will be closed for flight.

On the mobile launch platform, six sound suppression water system nozzles on the north side of the space shuttle main engine flame hole were removed after corrosion was discovered. New nozzles are scheduled to be welded in place this week.

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 preparing Atlantis for the Crew Equipment Interface Test with the crew of STS-115, scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The test allows crew members to familiarize themselves with the vehicle, perform fit checks and to verify hardware configurations that will be used on orbit.

On Monday, workers in the Vehicle Assembly Building inadvertently bumped ET-118, the STS-115 external fuel tank, with a mobile work platform, causing an indentation in the foam insulation about 3/8 of an inch deep. The damage is on the upper part of the tank just left of the centerline. The area will be fixed and thoroughly analyzed and inspected. The repair work is not expected to affect the launch-on-need support for the STS-121 mission or STS-115.