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Endeavour Readies for August Launch; Atlantis Returns to Florida

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Jul 4, 2007 9:53 am
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(NASA) – Fresh off the success of STS-117, NASA is quickly gearing up for the shuttle’s next visit to the International Station, the STS-118 mission, 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.

Processing for STS-118 continues at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Orbiter Endeavour arrived inside the Vehicle Assembly Building on Monday after a short roll from the nearby Orbiter Processing Facility. In the assembly building’s transfer aisle, Endeavour was lifted vertically, transferred to a high bay and will be attached to its external tank and solid rocket boosters. STS-118 will be the first flight for Endeavour since 2002.

Meanwhile, Orbiter Atlantis made its graceful landing at Kennedy Space Center this morning mounted atop a modified 747 jetliner called the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, officially concluding the STS-117 mission.

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