Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.



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Mission: STS-117 - 21st International Space Station Flight (13A) -
S3/S4 Truss Segment Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility 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, the Space Shuttle Program signed a change request moving
the STS-117 targeted launch date to March 15, one day earlier than
originally planned. Final vehicle closeouts are under way in
preparation for technicians to move Atlantis to the Vehicle Assembly
Building on Feb. 7.

Technicians completed the flight deck closeout and are working to
finish closing out the forward area. The final vehicle power down and
main landing gear functional test are scheduled for Jan. 29. Aft
structural leak test preparations began today, and the test will
begin early next week. On Jan. 31, technicians will perform the final
weight and center-of-gravity measurements on the vehicle, and the
orbiter transporter system will be brought into the bay on Feb. 1.

Last week, the external tank scheduled to fly with Atlantis,
designated ET-124, was moved from the checkout cell in the Vehicle
Assembly Building to be mated to the solid rocket boosters in high
bay 1. Technicians are completing the final foam application and
strut closeouts in preparation for attaching the orbiter on Feb. 7.

At Pad A, technicians performed a payload canister fit check. The
canister will be used to transport the payload for the mission, the
S3/S4 solar arrays, scheduled to go to the pad on Feb. 18.

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
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
just over 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

Last week, technicians installed Endeavour’s three space shuttle main
engines. On Tuesday, the right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod
was moved into the bay. Inspections then began in preparation for the
pod to be installed on the vehicle, scheduled for early next week.
Tile installations continue around the nose landing gear door to
support the upcoming landing gear functional test.