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NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR NIORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

> April 15, 2007
>
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-3749
>
> Kyle Herring 
> Johnson Space Center, Houston 
> 281-483-5111
>
> RELEASE: 07-89
>
> NASA UPDATES SHUTTLE TARGET LAUNCH DATES
>
> HOUSTON - During a meeting Monday at NASA's Johnson Space Center, 
> agency officials revised the target launch dates for space shuttle 
> flights during the next 12 months. The space shuttle and 
> International Space Station programs agreed to the changes during a 
> meeting to evaluate options following the STS-117 mission's delay, 
> which was caused by hail damage to the external fuel tank.
>
> Flights beyond April 2008 have not been assessed. Both shuttle and 
> station program officials will continue to consider options for the 
> remainder of the shuttle flights and those target launch dates are 
> subject to change.
>
> Upcoming shuttle missions:
> -STS-117 targeted for no earlier than June 8, 2007, on Atlantis
> -STS-118 targeted for no earlier than Aug. 9, 2007, on Endeavour
> -STS-120 targeted for no earlier than Oct. 20, 2007, on Discovery 
> instead of Atlantis
> -STS-122 targeted for no earlier than Dec. 6, 2007, on Atlantis 
> instead of Discovery
> -STS-123 targeted for no earlier than Feb. 14, 2008, on Endeavour
> -STS-124 targeted for no earlier than April 24, 2008, on Discovery 
> instead of Atlantis
>
> The shuttles for STS-120, 122 and 124 were exchanged to best meet the 
> demands of the missions and to have the least amount of impact on the 
> flight schedule.
>
> The shuttle launch manifest is available online at:
>
> http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/iss_manifest.html 
> For details on upcoming shuttle missions and their crews, visit:
>
> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
>
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