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Flight Readiness Review Gets Under Way



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Flight Readiness Review Gets Under Way*



*07.25.07 - 8:30 a.m. EDT*
The flight readiness review for the upcoming STS-118 mission is under 
way at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Agency and program 
managers convened this morning for the two-day meeting, in which they'll 
discuss the status of Space Shuttle Endeavour, the flight crew and 
payload in order to confirm an official launch date. Launch is currently 
targeted for the evening of Aug. 7.

Last week, the crew members completed the terminal countdown 
demonstration test. A routine element of prelaunch training, the test 
allowed the astronauts to try on their launch and entry suits, learn 
emergency procedures at the launch pad, and take part in a variety of 
familiarization activities and briefings. The test concluded with a 
countdown dress rehearsal at Launch Pad 39A.

Space Shuttle Endeavour has been in place at the launch pad since July 
11, and the STS-118 payload -- including the S5 truss, SPACEHAB module 
and external stowage platform 3 -- is secured inside the orbiter's 
payload bay.

This will be the first flight for Endeavour since 2002, and the first 
mission for Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, the 
teacher-turned-astronaut whose association with NASA began more than 20 
years ago.

*Mission Information*
+ STS-118 Mission Overview 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts118/index.html>
+ STS-118 Fact Sheet (900 Kb PDF) 
<http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/182903main_STS118%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf>
+ STS-118 Briefing Animations 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts118/multimedia/sts118_anim_07102007.html>
+ STS-117 Mission Archive 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/main/index.html>

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