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Endeavour is "Go" for Launch

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:29 am
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Launch Date: Aug. 7
Launch Time: 7:02 p.m. EDT

Space Shuttle Endeavour is ready to fly, NASA managers concluded today after wrapping up the two-day flight readiness review at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch of Endeavour on the STS-118 mission is officially set for Aug. 7.

“On behalf of all the people that work on Endeavour, both here and really across the country, it’s a great, great feeling to have Endeavour back on the pad,” said Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach. “We’re looking forward to a great launch.”

The Shuttle Mission Management Team conducts the review two weeks prior to each space shuttle mission. The group thoroughly evaluates all activities and elements necessary for the safe and successful performance of shuttle mission operations — from the prelaunch phase through post-landing — including the readiness of the vehicle, flight crew and payloads.

The 22nd flight to the International Space Station, STS-118 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.

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