SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Launch Preparations Move Forward for STS-117*
*Launch Target:* June 8 *Launch Time: * 7:37 p.m. EDT
Space Shuttle Atlantis sits on Launch Pad 39A Image above: Reflected in the water of the Banana River at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Space Shuttle Atlantis sits on Launch Pad 39A. Photo Credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley
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*05.25.07 - 4 p.m. EDT* At Launch Pad 39A, operations are proceeding on schedule for a June 8 launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-117.
The hypergolic propellants were loaded into the orbiter and solid rocket boosters in the past week.
Spacesuits 1 and 2 were installed in the orbiter airlock for use during spacewalks planned for the mission.
Functional testing of the external fuel tank camera is complete and the lens cover has been installed. Loading of the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen storage tanks, which will provide fuel for the shuttle’s external fuel tank, is complete.
NASA managers will hold a news conference at Kennedy Space Center no earlier than 2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 31, to discuss the status of the upcoming space shuttle mission. The news conference will begin after the end of a Flight Readiness Review, a two-day meeting to assess preparations for Atlantis' mission. *What is the flight readiness review? http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/index.html*
*STS-117 Mission* + The Crew http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts117/index.html
+ The Integrated Truss Structure http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/its.html