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SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT S06-007



SUBMITTED B Y ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

March 3, 2006

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-3749

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

STATUS REPORT: S06-007

NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S06-007

NASA's space shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space
Center, Fla.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th International Space Station Flight (ULF1.1) -
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: No earlier than May 10, 2006
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

On Thursday, Space Shuttle Program management set a launch date of no
earlier than May 10 for Discovery's launch to the International Space
Station. Technicians continue preparing Discovery for its roll over
from Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 to the Vehicle Assembly
Building. Work is under way to close out various areas of the vehicle
for flight.

Following the installation of the space shuttle main engines,
technicians added a dome-mounted heat shield around each engine. The
heat shields are composed of two, semi-circle shaped sections of
thermal protection system tiles that surround the engines.

The external fuel tank for the STS-121 mission arrived by barge at
Kennedy Wednesday, five days after leaving the Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans. The tank, designated ET-119, was towed into
the Vehicle Assembly Building. On Thursday it was lifted into a
checkout area for final processing before being attached to the solid
rocket boosters.
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