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Endeavour Readies for August Launch



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Endeavour Readies for August Launch*


Image above: In the Vehicle Assembly Building, Endeavour joins its 
external tank and solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher platform. 
Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder
+ Full Size Image <http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/181716main_mating.jpg>

*07.06.07 - 3:30 p.m. EDT*
Space Shuttle Endeavour mating and launch processing operations are 
under way in preparation for a rollout to Launch Pad 39A, which is 
currently targeted for no earlier than July 10.

Weather permitting, the mission payload will be transferred to the 
launch pad early Saturday.

NASA is quickly gearing up for the shuttle's next visit to the 
International Station, targeted for an Aug. 7 launch. The mission will 
deliver the S5 truss to the station and will mark the first flight of 
Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, the teacher-turned-astronaut whose 
association with NASA began more than 20 years ago.

STS-118 will be the first flight for Endeavour since 2002.

+ STS-118 Mission Overview 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts118/index.html> 

+ STS-117 Mission Summary 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/behindscenes/sts117_overview.html> 
| + Photos and Videos 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/multimedia/index.html> 

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