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STS-126 Mission Moves Forward

The Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier is moved across Kennedy's Space Station Processing Facility to be installed in the payload canister, part of Endeavour's payload headed to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis
by Staff Writers
Cape Canaverl FL (SPX) Oct 22, 2008
The Space Shuttle Program's two-day Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, for Endeavour's STS-126 mission will wrap up Wednesday. From this week's FRR discussions, decisions about preparedness for launch will be taken to the agency-level Flight Readiness Review that will be held Oct. 30-31 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

At that time the launch date will be set and shuttle processing will continue toward the projected liftoff date.

A news conference broadcast on NASA TV will follow the FRR to announce the official launch date.

Back at Kennedy's Space Station Processing Facility, the STS-126 Multi-Purpose Logistics Module is scheduled to be transferred to Launch Pad 39A on Wednesday.

Workers are now turning their attention to Endeavour's move off of Launch Pad 39B.

The crawler-transporter will glide under the shuttle, stacked on the mobile launcher platform, for Endeavour's Saturday roll around to Pad A.

At Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory today, STS-126 mission astronauts Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve Bowen are rehearsing spacewalking techniques.

Endeavour is targeted to lift off at 7:55 p.m. EST, Nov. 14 on the 27th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

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Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Oct 21, 2008
Space shuttle Atlantis is inside the protective confines of the Vehicle Assembly Building after being moved from Launch Pad 39A Monday morning. The shuttle will remain assembled for launch position until a new target date is set for its servicing mission to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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