NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report

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Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1272) 

Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)



NASA's Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space 
Center (KSC), Fla. 

Discovery (OV-103)

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) 
Payload: Multi-Purpose Logistics Module 
Location: Launch Pad 39B 
Launch Date: July 13, 3:51 p.m. EDT 
Launch Pad: 39B 
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda 
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Yesterday, the Space Shuttle Program concluded a two-day Flight 
Readiness Review meeting by announcing a launch date of July 13, 
2005. The next major review of launch readiness will occur two days 
before launch (L-2) when the Mission Management Team meets to give 
the final authorization for launch.

At Launch Pad 39B, final preparations for the launch of Discovery are 
under way. Loading of hypergolic propellants continued and should be 
completed this weekend. This process includes loading the propellants 
monomethyl hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide into the Orbiter 
Maneuvering System and Forward Reaction Control System.

The STS-114 flight crew visited the pad yesterday to perform an 
inspection for sharp edges in the orbiter. After the crew inspection 
was complete, a payload contamination walkdown was performed, 
closeout photos were taken and the payload bay doors were closed for 

All four Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) have been installed in 
the orbiter. The EMU spacesuits will be worn by the flight crew 
during the three spacewalks that are scheduled during the mission. 

Atlantis (OV-104)

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) 
Payload: Multi-Purpose Logistics Module 
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1 
Launch Date: Lighted Launch Planning Window September 9 - 24, 2005 
Launch Pad: 39B 
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter 
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles 

Technicians continue processing Atlantis in Orbiter Processing 
Facility bay 1 for its mission to the International Space Station.

Orbiter modal testing was completed this week. This test involves 
using devices referred to as "shakers," which send vibrations 
throughout the Orbiter. Measuring instruments called accelerometers 
are positioned all over the vehicle to read the effects of the 
vibrations, in order to check the structural health of the vehicle.

Early Tuesday morning, the Mobile Launch Platform carrying the STS-121 
External Tank (ET-120) and twin Solid Rocket Boosters was moved from 
High Bay 1 in the Vehicle Assembly Building to High Bay 3. The move 
was made to allow for modification work to take place in High Bay 1. 

Endeavour (OV-105)

Endeavour is in its Orbiter Major Modification period which began in 
December 2003.

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