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Launch Preparations Move Forward for STS-117



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468


	*Launch Preparations Move Forward for STS-117*

*Launch Target:* June 8
*Launch Time: * 7:37 p.m. EDT

Space Shuttle Atlantis sits on Launch Pad 39A Image above: Reflected in 
the water of the Banana River at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Space 
Shuttle Atlantis sits on Launch Pad 39A. Photo Credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley

TO VIEW IMAGE GO TO:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

+ View High-res Image 
<http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/170421main_pad-2.jpe>

*05.25.07 - 4 p.m. EDT*
At Launch Pad 39A, operations are proceeding on schedule for a June 8 
launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-117.

The hypergolic propellants were loaded into the orbiter and solid rocket 
boosters in the past week.

Spacesuits 1 and 2 were installed in the orbiter airlock for use during 
spacewalks planned for the mission.

Functional testing of the external fuel tank camera is complete and the 
lens cover has been installed. Loading of the liquid oxygen and liquid 
hydrogen storage tanks, which will provide fuel for the shuttle’s 
external fuel tank, is complete.

NASA managers will hold a news conference at Kennedy Space Center no 
earlier than 2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 31, to discuss the status of the 
upcoming space shuttle mission. The news conference will begin after the 
end of a Flight Readiness Review, a two-day meeting to assess 
preparations for Atlantis' mission.
*What is the flight readiness review? 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/index.html>*

*STS-117 Mission*
+ The Crew 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/index.html> 

+ The Mission 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/mission_overview.html> 

+ The Integrated Truss Structure 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/its.html>


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