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Shuttle Endeavour To Move To Pad Crew Ready For Countdown Test

NASA Readies Endeavour For August Launch Window
Space Shuttle Endeavour mating and launch processing operations are under way in preparation for a rollout to Launch Pad 39A, which is currently targeted for no earlier than July 10. Weather permitting, the mission payload will be transferred to the launch pad early Saturday. NASA is quickly gearing up for the shuttle's next visit to the International Station, 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. STS-118 will be the first flight for Endeavour since 2002.
by Staff Writers
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Jul 09, 2007
NASA's space shuttle Endeavour is targeted to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Tuesday, July 10, as preparations for the STS-118 mission continue. First motion of Endeavour is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT. After rollout, the next milestone will be a July 16-19 dress rehearsal of launch, which includes a practice countdown. Endeavour is targeted to lift off Aug. 7 on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station.

The fully assembled space shuttle, consisting of the orbiter, external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, will be mounted on a Mobile Launcher Platform and delivered to the pad atop a crawler transporter. The crawler will travel slower than 1 mph during the 3.4-mile journey. The process is expected to take approximately six hours.

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the rollout beginning at 6 a.m. EDT as Endeavour approaches the launch pad. Video highlights of the rollout will air on NASA TV's Video File segments.

Permanently badged media should contact the Kennedy News Center at 321-867-2468 by 4 p.m., Monday, July 9, if they plan to attend the rollout. Media must arrive at Kennedy's press site by 6:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 10, for transportation to the viewing area.

The July 16-19 event, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, will feature astronauts and ground crews participating in a launch dress rehearsal. The test provides the crew of each shuttle mission with an opportunity to practice various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency egress training.

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Ferry-Flight Will Return Atlantis To Kennedy
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Jun 29, 2007
This weekend, Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to begin its journey back to Kennedy Space Center "piggy-backed" on top of a modified 747 jetliner called the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Known as a ferry-flight, the orbiter will make the trip from Edwards Air Force Base in California to Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility in one to two days, depending on weather conditions.

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