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NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 23 August 2006

Status Report From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2006

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Note: NASA's Kennedy Space Center issues Space Shuttle Processing Status Reports periodically and is the source for information regarding processing activities associated with the vehicles and payloads. This report does not necessarily reflect the chronological order of future space shuttle missions. If you are a member of the media and would like further information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/index.html

Mission: STS-115 - 19th International Space Station Flight (12A) - P3/P4 Truss Segment and Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Aug. 27, 2006, 4:30 p.m. EDT
Crew: Jett, Ferguson, Tanner, Burbank, MacLean and Stefanyshyn-Piper
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

At Launch Pad 39B, closeout of the orbiter's aft compartments continues, with aft door installation expected later today. Once the doors are installed, workers will begin aft confidence testing. This involves powering up and testing all of the aft systems, such as the main propulsion system circuits. Pressurization of the orbiter's maneuvering system, the reaction control system and the main propulsion system has been completed. Stowage of flight crew equipment in the crew module is ongoing, and the crew cabin and White Room are being prepared for launch. Technicians will open the payload bay doors today to allow for the charging of the payload batteries. The payload bay doors will be closed for flight on Thursday. Final closeouts on the solid rocket boosters and the external fuel tank will be completed today.

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