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Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Jan. 18, 2008
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
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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 feedthrough connector installation is complete
- Aft ECO instrumentation wiring removal and retest was completed
          - All sensors have been tested successfully
- ECO sensor feedthrough foaming work on the external J-Box and solid rocket booster PAL ramp continues through the weekend
- Annual slidewire basket pad evacuation system maintenance and checkout continues through the weekend
- Solid rocket booster hydraulic retesting was completed Monday
- Liquid oxygen storage tank pressurization and relief valve testing was successfully completed Tuesday

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
- Removal and replacement work on the purge, vent and drain valve, which is part of the non-breathing air conditioning system completed Thursday
- Landing gear was retracted
- Potable water servicing samples completed Wednesday
- Main landing gear struts' weight on wheels leak check completed

Vehicle Assembly Building High Bay No. 1
- External tank/solid rocket booster closeout operations continue
- Re-foaming of the external tank assembly ring, that goes around the solid rocket boosters near the aft most SRB field joint, is being worked Friday
- ECO sensor system feed through work begins again Jan. 23

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, Chamitoff
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Orbiter Processing Facility Bay No. 3
- Vernier thruster pressure chamber flushes continue in preparation for inspections
- Ku band antenna stow scheduled for Friday
- Drag chute flight door checkout scheduled for Friday
- Solid rocket booster stacking scheduled for Jan. 31
- Power redundancy testing was successfully completed
- External tank separation camera interface verification is complete
- Payload premate testing completed Tuesday