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Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Jan. 11, 2008
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-122 - 24th International Space Station Flight - Columbus laboratory
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Launch Pad 39A
Launch Date: Targeting Feb. 7
Crew: Frick, Poindexter, Schlegel, Eyharts, Love, Melvin, Walheim
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Launch Pad 39A
- Engine cutoff (ECO) sensor external connector replacement hardware was cleared for installation and arrived at the pad. Installation is tentatively scheduled to begin Saturday
- Testing of the faulty ECO sensor system connector hardware continues at Marshall Space Flight Center
- Space shuttle main engine ball seal leak checks performed Thursday with no issues
- Ascent thrust vector controller No. 2 was replaced Jan. 5 and retested Jan. 6
          - Solid rocket booster hydraulic retest scheduled for today

Mission: STS-123 - 25th International Space Station Flight - Kibo, Dextre
Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
Launch Date: Targeting Mid-March
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Gorie, Johnson, Linnehan, Doi, Behnken, Foreman, Reisman
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 2
- Shuttle orbiter galley functional checks completed today with no issues
- Removal and replacement work will take place on the purge, vent and drain valve, which is part of the non-breathing air conditioning system, Jan. 14-18
- Nose landing gear strut hydraulic level checks and pressurization for flight performed Wednesday
- Main landing gear struts' weight on wheels leak check scheduled for Monday

Vehicle Assembly Building high bay No. 1
- External tank/solid rocket booster mate in progress
          - External tank is hard mated
          - Closeout operations continue through this weekend
- Preparation for ECO sensor external connector replacement will take place Saturday and Sunday

Mission: STS-124 - 26th International Space Station Flight - Kibo Pressurized Module, Japanese Remote Manipulator System
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: Targeting April 24
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Kelly, Ham, Nyberg, Garan, Fossum, Hoshide
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 3
- Thermal control system checkout completed with no anomalies
- Drag chute alignment and installation completed Thursday
- Space shuttle main engine No. 1 liquid oxygen transducer leak checks performed Thursday with nominal results
- Solid rocket booster stacking date selection expected Jan. 14
- Aft bulkhead check valve retest completed Wednesday with no issues