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SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT #S06-008



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

March 10, 2006

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-3749

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

NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S06-008

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

Final closeouts continue on Discovery in preparation for its roll over
from Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 to the Vehicle Assembly
Building (VAB). Leak checks of the liquid oxygen system on space
shuttle main engines No. 2 and 3 were successfully completed.

On March 4, space shuttle technicians inside a work platform device,
called a bridge bucket, accidentally bumped into Discovery's remote
manipulator system, or shuttle arm. The bridge bucket was being used
in the payload bay to clean up pieces of glass from a broken heat
lamp. That accident caused pieces of glass to fall into the payload
bay.

Initial inspections showed two indentations in the arm's outer bumper,
a honeycombed structure made of epoxy designed to protect it. One of
the indentations is 0.115 inches deep and 1 inch long. The second
indentation is 0.035 inches deep and 0.5 inches long. Inspections of
the forward indentation were completed Thursday night, and no issues
were found. The second indentation will be inspected today.
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