[sarex] NASA Targets June Launch for Space Shuttle Atlantis
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Wed Apr 11 04:17:28 PDT 2007
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> April 10, 2007
> Allard Beutel
> Headquarters, Washington
> Kyle Herring
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> NASA TARGETS JUNE LAUNCH FOR SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS
> WASHINGTON - NASA is targeting June 8 as the next possible launch
> opportunity for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-117 mission to the
> International Space Station.
> Tuesday's decision by agency management followed a meeting that
> reviewed the progress in repairing insulating foam on the shuttle's
> external fuel tank, which was damaged during a sudden hail storm Feb.
> 26 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. That damage required
> engineers to repair approximately 2,660 sites on the tank.
> The meeting also included an assessment of using the repaired external
> tank for the STS-117 mission versus swapping to one that arrived last
> week from the manufacturing plant in New Orleans. Managers decided to
> finish repairs to Atlantis' current tank and use it for STS-117. The
> tank that arrived Friday will be prepared for space shuttle
> Endeavour's STS-118 mission to the space station and now is targeted
> for launch in August.
> "The workforce has done an amazing job of assessing and repairing the
> tank so far, but the sheer volume of repairs dictates moving the
> launch target to June," said Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne
> June 8 is the opening of the next available launch window for Atlantis
> to go to the station. STS-117 Commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Lee
> Archambault and mission specialists Jim Reilly, Patrick Forrester,
> Steven Swanson and John "Danny" Olivas will continue training at
> NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. During the 11-day mission, the
> astronauts will work with the station crew and ground teams to
> install a new, girder-like truss segment, unfold a new set of solar
> arrays and retract one array on the starboard side of the station.
> For more information about the STS-117 crew and mission, visit:
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