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Jessica Rye
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. If you are a member of the media and would like further information, visit:

Mission: STS-117 - 21st International Space Station Flight (13A) - S3/S4 Truss Segment Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Vehicle Assembly Building High Bay 1
Launch Date: Targeted for March 15, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Sturckow, Archambault, Reilly, Swanson, Forrester and Olivas
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

On Wednesday, Atlantis rolled from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building, where it was lifted into high bay 1 and mated to the external fuel tank. Orbiter power application is scheduled for Sunday. Close-out operations continue on the fuel tank and solid rocket boosters, with thermal protection system foam trimming under way.

The STS-117 payload is scheduled to be transferred to Launch Pad 39A on Monday. The shuttle is set to roll out to the pad on Feb. 14.

Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) - S5 Truss Segment
Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
Launch Date: Targeted for June 28, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Kelly, Hobaugh, Williams, Morgan, Mastracchio, Caldwell and Anderson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Endeavour remains in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, and technicians continue preparing the vehicle for its first launch in more than four years. The vehicle has undergone an extensive modification period, including the addition of all of the return-to-flight safety upgrades added to both Discovery and Atlantis.

This week, technicians installed fuel cell No. 3 and completed fuel cell coolant loop servicing. The shoulder installation for the orbiter boom sensor system, which is a robotic arm extension, was installed and final fit checks are complete.