SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT - S-071706

07.17.06

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468

STATUS REPORT: S-071706

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
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Mission: STS-121 - 18th International Space Station Flight (ULF1.1) -
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Official Launch Date: July 4, 2006 at 2:38 p.m.
Official Landing Date: July 17, 2006 at 9:14 a.m.
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

After 12 days, 18 hours and 37 minutes of flight, orbiter Discovery
safely landed at Kennedy Space Center today with a main landing gear
touchdown at 9:14:43 a.m. EDT. The nose landing gear touched down at
9:14:53 a.m. The orbiter came to a full stop at 9:15:49 a.m.
Discovery made 202 trips around the Earth and traveled 5.3 million
miles during the mission. Following a four-hour period of landing
operations at the shuttle landing strip, the orbiter systems were
safed and technicians connected Discovery to ground support equipment
for ground cooling and purging of the interior spaces. Preliminary
inspections revealed 93 total hits to the orbiter’s thermal
protection system with 11 greater than one inch in diameter. The
vehicle was towed to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3, where the
processing flow will begin for its next mission, STS-116, targeted
for launch in December.

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 making final
preparations for the rollover of Atlantis to the Vehicle Assembly
Building, currently scheduled for July 25. Forward closeouts continue
and T-0 umbilical disconnects are scheduled to be completed today.
The T-0 umbilical is the connection point for ground power to the
orbiter. Final orbiter “power down” for rollover is scheduled for
today. Final tire pressure for flight is under way. Procedures this
week include orbiter jackdown, weight and center-of-gravity
operations, which occur prior to the vehicle’s transfer to the
transporter. Atlantis will be placed on its transporter on Wednesday.

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