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Shuttle Endeavour To Move To Pad Monday For March 11 Launch

These seven astronauts take a break from training to pose for the STS-123 crew portrait. From the right (front row) are astronauts Dominic L. Gorie, commander; and Gregory H. Johnson, pilot. From the left (back row) are astronauts Richard M. Linnehan, Robert L. Behnken, Garrett E. Reisman, Michael J. Foreman and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Takao Doi, all mission specialists. Reisman is scheduled to join Expedition 16 as flight engineer after launching to the International Space Station on mission STS-123. Image credit: NASA
by Staff Writers
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Feb 18, 2008
Space shuttle Endeavour's rollout to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., has been rescheduled for 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. Endeavour is targeted to lift off March 11 on the 16-day STS-123 mission to the International Space Station.

The first movement of the shuttle will be approximately seven hours earlier than previously scheduled. The fully assembled space shuttle, consisting of the orbiter, external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters, will be mounted on a Mobile Launcher Platform and delivered to the pad on top of 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's Media Channel will provide live coverage of Endeavour at the launch pad beginning at 6:30 a.m. Video highlights of the rollout will air during NASA TV Video File segments.

Media are invited to a photo opportunity of the shuttle at the pad and an interview availability with Endeavour Flow Director Ken Tenbusch at 8 a.m. Monday. Dates and times of this event are subject to change. Updates are available by calling 321-867-2525. Weather permitting, as part of NASA's 50th anniversary activities, the Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over Endeavour at the launch pad at approximately 10:15 a.m.

Journalists must arrive at Kennedy's news center by 6 a.m. for transportation to the viewing area. Foreign news media accreditation for this event is closed. Foreign media with credentials must arrive at the Pass and Identification Building on State Road 3 by 6 a.m. for transportation to the news center.

The STS-123 mission will deliver the first section of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency's two-armed robotic system, Dextre. Five spacewalks will be conducted during the flight.

Endeavour will be commanded by Dominic Gorie. Gregory H. Johnson will be the pilot. Mission specialists will be Robert L. Behnken, Mike Foreman, Rick Linnehan, Garrett Reisman and Japanese astronaut Takao Doi. Reisman will remain on the station as a resident crew member, replacing station Flight Engineer Leopold Eyharts of the European Space Agency, who will return home on Endeavour.

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Former Boeing Engineer Charged With Economic Espionage In Theft Of Space Shuttle Secrets For China
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 13, 2008
A former Boeing engineer was arrested this morning after being indicted last week on charges of economic espionage and acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the People's Republic of China (PRC), for whom the engineer stole Boeing trade secrets related to several aerospace programs, including the Space Shuttle.







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