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Shuttle Mission Status

Submitted by Arthur N1ORC

Space Shuttle Program Manager Ron Dittemore announced Friday that NASA
plans to resume shuttle flights in late September, pending successful
completion of welding repairs of liquid hydrogen flow liner cracks in the
four shuttles' Main Propulsion Systems. Atlantis, which will fly on
STS-112, is scheduled to launch no earlier than Sept. 28. 

Three cracks on Atlantis will be welded and two on Endeavour, which is
slated to launch no earlier than Nov. 2. In addition to the welding
repairs, the rough edges on the liner holes will be polished and smoothed
to prevent future cracks. 

STS-112 will deliver the S1 (S-One) Truss to the International Space
Station. Endeavour's flight, STS-113, will deliver the Expedition Six
crew and the P1 (P-One) Truss to the station. Space Shuttle Columbia's
next mission, STS-107, is slated to lift off no earlier than Nov. 29.

Most recent Space Shuttle Status Report.


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