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  • STS-118 - Space Shuttle Endeavour


    Space Shuttle Endeavour will deliver the third starboard truss segment S5
    and External Stowage Platform No. 3 to the International Space Station
    (June 2007).



    STS-118

    STS-118 (englisch Space Transportation System)
    ist eine Missionsbezeichnung für den US-amerikanischen Space Shuttle
    Endeavour (OV-105) der NASA.

    Der Start ist momentan für den 28. Juni 2007 von der Startrampe 39A
    vorgesehen.


    STS-118 Mission Patch

    The STS-118 patch represents Space Shuttle Endeavour on its mission to
    help complete the assembly of the International Space Station and
    symbolizes the pursuit of knowledge through space exploration. The flight
    will accomplish its ISS 13A.1 assembly tasks through a series of
    spacewalks, robotic operations, logistics transfers and the exchange of
    one of the three long-duration expedition crew members. On the patch,
    the top of the gold astronaut symbol overlays the starboard S-5 truss
    segment, highlighting its installation during the mission. The flame of
    knowledge represents the importance of education, and honors teachers
    and students everywhere. The seven white stars and the red maple leaf
    signify the American and Canadian crew members flying aboard
    Endeavour.





    Space Shuttle Processing
    Status Report S-102006


    October 20, Friday

    Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) -
    S5 Truss Segment
    Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
    Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
    Launch Date: No earlier than June 11, 2007 (under review)
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Crew: Scott Kelly, Charles Hobaugh, Richard Mastracchio,
    Dafydd Williams, Tracy Caldwell, Barbara Morgan and Clayton Anderson
    Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    Shuttle Flight: No. 119
    Endeavour Flight: No. 20
    Shuttle-ISS Flight: No. 22

    Endeavour continues to undergo powered-up system testing in Orbiter
    Processing Facility bay 2 and technicians are preparing the vehicle for its
    first launch following an extensive modification period.

    The vehicle was powered up Thursday to support auxiliary power unit leak
    and functional tests. Preparations continue for crew module and external
    airlock leak checks, currently set for Sunday.


    Quelle: NASA.gov



    Mission Objectives:

    1. The third starboard truss segment, the ITS S5 Truss, and the
    External Stowage Platform 3 (ESP3) will be attached to the station.

    2. A SPACEHAB Single Cargo Module delivers supplies and
    equipment to the station.

    3. Arrival of Astronaut Clayton Anderson at the Space Station and
    return of Astronaut Sunita Williams back to Earth.



    STS-118 - First Educator in Space

    No earlier than June 11, 2007, the STS-118 crew will launch into space to
    continue the extraordinary task of assembling the International Space
    Station. In addition to delivering the Starboard 5 Truss Segment and the
    External Stowage Platform 3 to the ISS, it will be the first flight of an
    Educator Astronaut, mission specialist Barbara Morgan.

    An Educator Astronaut is a fully qualified astronaut who brings expertise in
    K-12 education. With their education background, Educator Astronauts will
    help lead NASA in the development of new ways to connect space
    exploration with the classroom, and to inspire the next generation of
    explorers, while ensuring a successful mission.



    Die Crew


    CDR Scott Kelly (2. Flug)
    Bisherige Flüge:
    STS-103 Discovery, Hubble (1999)


    PLT Charles "Charlie" Hobaugh (2. Flug)
    Bisherige Flüge:
    STS-104 Atlantis, ISS (2001)


    MS1 Tracy Caldwell (1. Flug)


    MS2 Richard "Rick" Mastracchio (2. Flug)
    Bisherige Flüge:
    STS-106 Atlantis, ISS (2000)


    MS3 Dafydd "Dave" Williams (2. Flug) CSA, Canada
    Bisherige Flüge:
    STS-90 Columbia (1998)


    MS4 Barbara Morgan (1. Flug)
    Erste Lehrerin im All - Sie soll auf dem Flug die Lektionen aus dem
    Weltraum unterrichten, die eigentlich Christa McAuliffe vor fast
    20 Jahren unterrichten sollte.


    ISS Clayton Anderson (1. Flug) (Start)


    ISS Sunita "Suni" Williams (Landung)



    Quelle: NASA.gov



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    STS-118 Endeavour


    Image Gallery 2002/03

    Note: Orbiter Columbia was originally scheduled to fly mission STS-118.


    March 13, 2002


    KSC-02PD-0285 (03/13/2002) [Low Res | High Res]
    The super Guppy transport aircraft arrives at KSC with its cargo, the S5
    truss segment for the International Space Station.



    KSC-02PD-0286 (03/13/2002) [Low Res | High Res]
    The open nose of the Super Guppy transport aircraft reveals its cargo, the
    S5 truss segment for the International Space Station, inside.



    KSC-02PD-0287 (03/13/2002) [Low Res | High Res]
    The S5 truss segment for the International Space Station is offloaded
    from the Super Guppy transport aircraft at the KSC Shuttle Landing
    Facility.



    KSC-02PD-0288 (03/13/2002) [Low Res | High Res]
    At the Shuttle Landing Facility, the S5 truss segment for the International
    Space Station is prepared for ground transport after being offloaded from
    the Super Guppy transport aircraft on which it arrived. The S5 truss will
    be taken to the Space Station Processing Facility where it will be fit
    checked for a Photo-Voltaic Radiator Grapple Fixture. It will also undergo
    a fit check to a truss simulator to ensure that it will fit properly with the S4
    and S6 truss segments. S5 is scheduled for launch in October 2003 on
    mission STS-118. It will be the tenth truss assembled in an 11-truss
    structure.


    January 9, 2003


    KSC-03PD-0042 (01/09/2003) [Low Res | High Res]
    In the Space Station Processing Facility, STS-118 Commander Scott Kelly
    (left) and Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan (center) are briefed on
    equipment during Crew Equipment Interface Test activities. The mission to
    the International Space Station will be delivering the third starboard truss
    segment, the ITS S5, which will be attached to the station, and a
    SPACEHAB Single Cargo Module with supplies and equipment. Launch
    aboard Space Shuttle Columbia is scheduled for Nov. 13, 2003.


    September 5, 2003


    KSC-03PD-2587 (09/05/2003) [Low Res | High Res]
    Workers in the Orbiter Processing Facility prepare to remove one of two
    Orbiter Maneuvering System (OMS) pods from Endeavour. The OMS pods
    are attached to the upper aft fuselage left and right sides. Fabricated
    primarily of graphite epoxy composite and aluminum, each pod is 21.8
    feet long and 11.37 feet wide at its aft end and 8.41 feet wide at its
    forward end, with a surface area of approximately 435 square feet. Each
    pod houses the Reaction Control System propulsion components used for
    inflight maneuvering and is attached to the aft fuselage with 11 bolts. OMS
    pods are removed during Orbiter Major Modifications. Once removed, the
    OMS pods undergo in-depth structural inspections, system checks and the
    thrusters are changed out.


    October 10, 2003


    KSC-03PD-2790 (10/10/2003) [Low Res | High Res]
    In the Orbiter Processing Facility, David Sanborn and Rick Cady, with
    United Space Alliance, check tiles on the underside of Endeavour. Tile
    check is part of routine maintenance and return to flight activities on the
    orbiter fleet.



    KSC-03PD-2789 (10/10/2003) [Low Res | High Res]
    Rick Cady, with United Space Alliance, removes a tile from Endeavour.


    Quelle: NASA


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    • #3
      Wo wir gerade von der Endeavour sprechen: Ist die denn inzwischen mit ihrer Inspektion schon durch und wieder zusammengesetzt?

      Irgendwie findet sich nicht mal auf der NASA-HP was aktuelles zu dem Thema
      Für meine Königin, die so reich wäre, wenn es sie nicht gäbe ;)
      endars Katze sagt: “nur geradeaus” Rover Over
      Klickt für Bananen!
      Der süßeste Mensch der Welt terra.planeten.ch

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      • #4
        In jedem Space Shuttle Processing Status Report findest
        du aktuelle Infos zur Endeavour.
        Und die findest du auch hier in den jeweiligen Threads.

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        • #5
          STS-118 Endeavour


          Image Gallery 2004


          January 9, 2004


          KSC-04PD-0010 (01/09/2004) [Low Res | High Res]
          Endeavour is ready to be rolled out of the Orbiter Processing Facility for
          temporary transfer to the Vehicle Assembly Building.



          KSC-04PD-0012 (01/09/2004) [Low Res | High Res]
          The move allows work to be performed in the OPF that can only be
          accomplished while the bay is empty. Work scheduled in the OPF includes
          annual validation of the bay’s cranes, work platforms, lifting mechanisms
          and jack stands.



          KSC-04PD-0013 (01/09/2004) [Low Res | High Res]
          After Endeavour’s rollout from inside the Orbiter Processing Facility, the
          transporter (foreground) prepares to tow it to the Vehicle Assembly
          Building for temporary transfer. A protective cover surrounds the nose of
          Endeavour.



          KSC-04PD-0014 (01/09/2004) [Low Res | High Res]
          Endeavour is towed toward the Vehicle Assembly Building for temporary
          storage.



          KSC-04PD-0016 (01/09/2004) [Low Res | High Res]
          Endeavour is towed in front of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) where
          it is going for temporary storage.



          KSC-04PD-0019 (01/09/2004) [Low Res | High Res]
          Endeavour settles into place inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
          where it has been moved for temporary storage. It left the Orbiter
          Processing Facility (OPF) to allow work to be performed in the OPF that
          can only be accomplished while the bay is empty. Work scheduled in the
          OPF includes annual validation of the bay’s cranes, work platforms, lifting
          mechanisms and jack stands. Endeavour will remain in the VAB for
          approximately 12 days, then return to the OPF.


          March 17, 2004


          KSC-04PD-0551 (03/17/2004) [Low Res | High Res]
          Under a worker’s watchful eyes in the Orbiter Processing Facility, Center
          Director Jim Kennedy (right) takes a turn on a screw on Endeavour.
          Kennedy is taking an opportunity to learn first-hand what workers are
          doing to enable Return to Flight. Endeavour is in an Orbiter Major
          Modification period.



          KSC-04PD-0555 (03/17/2004) [Low Res | High Res]
          Under workers’ watchful eyes in the Orbiter Processing Facility, Center
          Director Jim Kennedy (center) takes a turn on a screw on Endeavour.


          April 7, 2004


          KSC-04PD-0805 (04/07/2004) [Low Res | High Res]
          On a tour of the Orbiter Processing Facility, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (back to
          camera in white shirt) learns about work being done on the orbiter
          Endeavour (background). Accompanying him is U.S. Mint Director
          Henrietta Holsman Fore (at right of Bush). The tour followed the launching
          ceremony at the KSC Visitor Complex for the new Florida quarter issued
          by the U.S. Mint. The ceremony was emceed by Center Director Jim
          Kennedy and included remarks by NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe,
          Bush, Fore and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Samuel W. Bodman.


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            STS-118 Endeavour


            Space Shuttle Processing
            Status Report S-110206


            November 2, Thursday

            During a scheduled Space Shuttle Program meeting today, managers
            ratified the target launch dates for the first three missions in 2007.
            New dates are as follows:

            * STS-117 aboard Atlantis March 16
            * STS-118 aboard Endeavour June 28
            * STS-120 aboard Atlantis Sept. 7


            Quelle: NASA.gov



            Image Gallery 2005


            February 22, 2005


            KSC-05PD-0301 (02/22/2005) [Low Res | High Res]
            The orbiter Endeavour rolls out of the Orbiter Processing Facility. It is
            being moved to Florida Space Authority’s Reusable Launch Vehicle hangar
            for temporary storage. It left the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) to allow
            work to be performed in the OPF that can only be accomplished while the
            bay is empty. Work scheduled in the OPF includes modifications to the bay
            and platform validation in the bay. Endeavour will remain in the hangar
            for approximately 30 days, then return to the OPF. Endeavour was pulled
            out of service in December 2003 for Orbiter Major Modification (OMM).
            OMMs are scheduled at regular intervals to enhance safety and
            performance, infuse new technology, and, in this case, perform RTF
            modifications.



            KSC-05PD-0303 (02/22/2005) [Low Res | High Res]
            Workers accompany the orbiter Endeavour as it rolls past the Vehicle
            Assembly Building on its way to Florida Space Authority's Reusable
            Launch Vehicle hangar for temporary storage. Endeavour is being moved
            from the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) to allow work to be performed
            in the OPF that can only be accomplished while the bay is empty.



            KSC-05PD-0305 (02/22/2005) [Low Res | High Res]
            Work scheduled in the OPF includes modifications to the bay and platform
            validation in the bay.



            KSC-05PD-0306 (02/22/2005) [Low Res | High Res]
            Endeavour will remain in the hangar for approximately 30 days, then
            return to the OPF. Endeavour was pulled out of service in December 2003
            for Orbiter Major Modification (OMM). OMMs are scheduled at regular
            intervals to enhance safety and performance, infuse new technology, and,
            in this case, perform RTF modifications.


            March 17, 2005


            KSC-05PD-0440 (03/17/2005) [Low Res | High Res]
            The starboard side of orbiter Endeavour is shown as it sits inside the
            Florida Space Authority's Reusable Launch Vehicle hangar at NASA's
            Kennedy Space Center. While in the hangar, Endeavour has undergone
            testing to see how orbiters respond to a new radar system that will be
            used during launch to detect debris. Endeavour is returning to the Orbiter
            Processing Facility today to continue Orbiter Major Modifications (OMM).


            October 6, 2005


            KSC-05PD-2299 (10/06/2005) [Low Res | High Res]
            In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, United Space Alliance employees
            Charles Bell, Terri Halverstadt, Loralee Woodbury, and Rob Lewis monitor
            a display in Space Shuttle Endeavour's cockpit the first time the orbiter is
            powered up after nearly two years. Endeavour has been in its Orbiter
            Major Modification (OMM) period since December 2003. Engineers and
            technicians spent 900,000 hours performing 124 modifications to the
            vehicle. These included all recommended return to flight safety
            modifications, bonding more than 1,000 thermal protection system tiles
            and inspecting more than 150 miles of wiring throughout Endeavour.
            Eighty five of the modifications are completed, with work on the additional
            39 modifications continuing throughout the next few months. Shuttle
            major modification periods are scheduled at regular intervals to enhance
            safety and performance, infuse new technology and allow for thorough
            inspections of the airframe and wiring of the vehicles. This was the second
            of these modification periods performed entirely at Kennedy Space
            Center. Endeavour's previous modification was completed in March 1997.



            KSC-05PD-2301 (10/06/2005) [Low Res | High Res]
            In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, United Space Alliance technician
            Loralee Woodbury monitors the lighted display in Space Shuttle
            Endeavour's cockpit after full powerup, the first time the orbiter has been
            powered up after nearly two years.


            November 30, 2005


            KSC-05PD-2533 (11/30/2005) [Low Res | High Res]
            In Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2, United Space Alliance technician
            Michael Vanwart installs thermal protection system blankets in the nose
            cap of space shuttle Endeavour. Endeavour recently came out of a nearly
            two-year Orbiter Major Modification period which began in December
            2003.


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            • #7
              STS-118 Endeavour


              Image Gallery 2006


              April 5, 2006


              KSC-06PD-0573 (04/05/2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center,
              Endeavour waits for installation of its reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap.
              The nose cap is insulated with thermal protection system blankets made
              of a woven ceramic fabric. The special blankets help insulate the vehicle's
              nose cap and protect it from the extreme temperatures it will face during
              a mission. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann


              April 6, 2006


              KSC-06PD-0579 (04/06/2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              A worker checks the reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap after installation
              on Endeavour. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann



              KSC-06PD-0583 (04/06/2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              The airlock is lowered by an overhead crane into Endeavour's payload
              bay for installation. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann



              KSC-06PD-0587 (04/06/2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Workers release the lines holding the airlock to the overhead crane. The
              airlock is being installed in Endeavour's payload bay. The airlock is
              located in the middeck. The airlock and airlock hatches permit flight crew
              members to transfer from the middeck crew compartment into the
              payload bay for extravehicular activities in their space suits without
              depressurizing the orbiter crew cabin. The airlock is sized to
              accommodate two fully suited flight crew members simultaneously.
              Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann


              October 4, 2006


              JSC2006-E-43670 (4 Oct. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Astronauts Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio (left), STS-118 mission
              specialist; and Clayton C. Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station
              science officer and flight engineer, discuss training activities during an
              emergency egress training session in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at
              the Johnson Space Center. Mastracchio and Anderson are wearing training
              versions of their shuttle launch and entry suit.



              JSC2006-E-43673 (4 Oct. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Attired in training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits,
              astronauts Tracy E. Caldwell (left), STS-118 mission specialist; Clayton C.
              Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station science officer and flight
              engineer; Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams, representing the Canadian Space
              Agency, and Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio, both STS-118 mission
              specialists, enjoy a light moment as they await an emergency egress
              training session in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at the Johnson Space
              Center.



              JSC2006-E-43721 (4 Oct. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Astronaut Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio (right), STS-118 mission
              specialist, dons a training version of his shuttle launch and entry suit prior
              to the start of a mission training session in the Space Vehicle Mockup
              Facility at Johnson Space Center. Suit technician Joe Alvarado assisted
              Mastracchio.



              JSC2006-E-43734 (4 Oct. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Crew trainer Bob Behrendsen (standing, right background) briefs
              astronauts Scott J. Kelly (seated left), STS-118 commander; Charles O.
              Hobaugh, pilot; Tracy E. Caldwell and Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio,
              mission specialists; Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams, mission specialist
              representing the Canadian Space Agency; Barbara R. Morgan, mission
              specialist; and Clayton C. Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station
              science officer and flight engineer; during a training session in the Space
              Vehicle Mockup Facility at the Johnson Space Center. The crewmembers
              are attired in training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits.



              JSC2006-E-45159 (4 Oct. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Astronaut Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams, STS-118 mission specialist
              representing the Canadian Space Agency, dons a training version of his
              shuttle launch and entry suit, prior to the start of a mission training
              session in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at Johnson Space Center.
              United Space Alliance (USA) suit technician Carlos E. Ramos assisted
              Williams.


              October 12, 2006


              JSC2006-E-43502 (October 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Computer-generated artist's rendering of the International Space Station
              after flight STS-118/13A.1. Third starboard truss segment (S5) is
              delivered and installed. External Stowage Platform 3 (ESP3) is installed on
              top of the P3 truss segment. Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3) moves
              to Unity node nadir port.


              October 18, 2006


              JSC2006-E-45151 (18 Oct. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station science
              officer and flight engineer, dons a training version of his shuttle launch
              and entry suit, prior to the start of a mission training session in the Space
              Vehicle Mockup Facility at Johnson Space Center. United Space Alliance
              (USA) suit technician Joe Alvarado assisted Anderson.



              JSC2006-E-45176 (18 Oct. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Astronauts Charles O. Hobaugh (background), STS-118 pilot, and Clayton
              C. Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station science officer and flight
              engineer, use the virtual reality lab at Johnson Space Center to train for
              their duties aboard the space shuttle and space station. This type of
              computer interface, paired with virtual reality training hardware and
              software, helps to prepare the entire team for dealing with space station
              elements.



              JSC2006-E-45208 (18 Oct. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
              Astronauts Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams (left) representing the Canadian
              Space Agency, Barbara R. Morgan and Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio, all
              STS-118 mission specialists, get help with the donning of training versions
              of their shuttle launch and entry suits prior to the start of a mission
              training session in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at Johnson Space
              Center. United Space Alliance suit technician Drew Billingsley (foreground)
              assisted the crewmembers.


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                STS-118 Endeavour


                Image Gallery

                Tuesday, November 28


                JSC2006-E-50924 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                Astronaut Charles O. Hobaugh, STS-118 pilot, participates in a training
                session at a console in the simulation control area in the Neutral Buoyancy
                Laboratory (NBL) at the Sonny Carter Training Facility (SCTF) near
                Johnson Space Center.



                JSC2006-E-50931 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station science
                officer and flight engineer, gets help with the donning of a training version
                of his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit prior to being
                submerged in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near
                Johnson Space Center.



                JSC2006-E-50932 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                Astronaut Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio, STS-118 mission specialists,
                dons a training version of his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit
                prior to being submerged in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy
                Laboratory (NBL) near Johnson Space Center. Astronaut Tracy E.
                Caldwell, mission specialist, assisted Mastracchio.



                JSC2006-E-50933 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station science
                officer and flight engineer, dons a training version of his Extravehicular
                Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit prior to being submerged in the waters of
                the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near Johnson Space Center.
                Astronauts Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams (left), mission specialist
                representing the Canadian Space Agency, and Scott J. Kelly, commander,
                assisted Anderson.



                JSC2006-E-50935 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                Astronaut Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio, STS-118 mission specialist,
                attired in a training version of his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)
                spacesuit, awaits a training session in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy
                Laboratory (NBL) near Johnson Space Center.


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                  Image Gallery

                  Tuesday, November 28


                  JSC2006-E-50942 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                  Astronauts Clayton C. Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station
                  science officer and flight engineer, and Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams,
                  STS-118 mission specialist representing the Canadian Space Agency,
                  shake hands prior to Anderson being submerged in the waters of the
                  Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near Johnson Space Center. Anderson
                  is attired in a training version of his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)
                  spacesuit.



                  JSC2006-E-50943 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                  Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station science
                  officer and flight engineer, puts the final touches on the suit-up process
                  with a training version of his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit,
                  prior to being submerged in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy
                  Laboratory (NBL) near Johnson Space Center.



                  JSC2006-E-50944 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                  Astronauts Clayton C. Anderson, Expedition 15 NASA space station
                  science officer and flight engineer, and Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio
                  (partially obscured), STS-118 mission specialist, are about to be
                  submerged in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near
                  Johnson Space Center. Anderson and Mastracchio are attired in training
                  versions of their Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit.
                  SCUBA-equipped divers are in the water to assist the crewmembers in
                  their rehearsal, intended to help prepare them for work on the exterior of
                  the International Space Station.



                  JSC2006-E-50946 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                  Astronaut Scott J. Kelly, STS-118 commander, participates in a training
                  session at a console in the simulation control area in the Neutral Buoyancy
                  Laboratory (NBL) at the Sonny Carter Training Facility (SCTF) near
                  Johnson Space Center.



                  JSC2006-E-50948 (28 Nov. 2006) [Low Res | High Res]
                  Astronaut Tracy E. Caldwell, STS-118 mission specialist, participates in a
                  training session at a console in the simulation control area in the Neutral
                  Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at the Sonny Carter Training Facility (SCTF)
                  near Johnson Space Center.


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                    STS-118 Endeavour


                    Next Events

                    Tuesday, January 9
                    Left-hand orbiter maneuvering
                    system pod installation


                    Wednesday, January 31
                    Right-hand orbiter maneuvering
                    system pod installation


                    Tuesday, March 13
                    Stacking in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
                    of the twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs)


                    Monday, May 28
                    Orbiter Endeavour's rollover to the
                    Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)


                    Thursday, June 28
                    Launch


                    All times could change at short notice.
                    Changes are indicated in red.




                    Space Shuttle Processing
                    Status Report S-010507


                    Friday, January 5

                    Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) -
                    S5 Truss Segment
                    Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
                    Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
                    Launch Date: No earlier than June 28, 2007
                    Launch Pad: 39A
                    Crew: Scott Kelly, Charles Hobaugh, Richard Mastracchio,
                    Dafydd Williams, Tracy Caldwell, Barbara Morgan and Clayton Anderson
                    Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

                    Endeavour remains in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, and technicians
                    continue preparing the vehicle for its first launch in nearly five years. The
                    vehicle has undergone an extensive modification period, including the
                    addition of all of the return-to-flight safety modifications added to both
                    Discovery and Atlantis.

                    The payload bay doors were closed for the holiday period and were
                    reopened on Thursday. Technicians continue checkout and servicing of the
                    water spray boiler system. Auxiliary power unit and main propulsion
                    system leak and functional testing is complete. The Ku-band antenna was
                    deployed Thursday. Preparations are under way for left-hand orbiter
                    maneuvering system pod installation, scheduled for Tuesday.


                    Quelle: NASA.gov



                    Image Gallery

                    Thursday, January 4


                    KSC-07PD-0008 (01/04/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                    Endeavour's payload bay is open for payload configuration work in Orbiter
                    Processing Facility bay 2. The orbiter is the vehicle designated for mission
                    STS-118, scheduled to launch in late June. The mission will continue space
                    station construction by delivering a third starboard truss segment, S5, as
                    well as carrying the External Stowage Platform 3. The crew comprises six
                    astronauts: Commander Scott Kelly, Pilot Charles Hobaugh and Mission
                    Specialists Dr. Dafydd (Dave) Williams, Barbara Morgan, Richard
                    Mastracchio and Tracy Caldwell. Williams represents the Canadian Space
                    Agency. Photo credit: NASA/George Shiflett


                    KSC-07PD-0009 (01/04/2007) [Low Res | High Res]


                    Quelle: NASA/KSC



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                      STS-118 Endeavour


                      Next Events

                      Wednesday, January 31
                      Right-hand orbiter maneuvering
                      system pod installation


                      Tuesday, March 13
                      Stacking in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
                      of the twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs)


                      Monday, May 28
                      Orbiter Endeavour's rollover to the
                      Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)


                      Thursday, June 28
                      Launch


                      All times could change at short notice.
                      Changes are indicated in red.




                      Space Shuttle Processing
                      Status Report S-012607


                      Friday, January 26

                      Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) -
                      S5 Truss Segment
                      Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
                      Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
                      Launch Date: Targeted for June 28, 2007
                      Launch Pad: 39A
                      Crew: Scott Kelly, Charles Hobaugh, Richard Mastracchio,
                      Dafydd Williams, Tracy Caldwell, Barbara Morgan and Clayton Anderson
                      Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

                      Endeavour remains in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, and technicians
                      continue preparing the vehicle for its first launch in just over four years.
                      The vehicle has undergone an extensive modification period, including the
                      addition of all of the return-to-flight safety upgrades added to both
                      Discovery and Atlantis.

                      Last week, technicians installed Endeavour's three space shuttle main
                      engines. On Tuesday, the right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod was
                      moved into the bay. Inspections then began in preparation for the pod to
                      be installed on the vehicle, scheduled for early next week. Tile installations
                      continue around the nose landing gear door to support the upcoming
                      landing gear functional test.


                      Quelle: NASA.gov



                      Image Gallery

                      Friday, January 5


                      KSC-07PD-0018 (01/05/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                      Inside Endeavour's opened payload bay, workers at each end install a
                      wiring modification called the "Station to Shuttle Power Transfer System,"
                      or SSPTS. The SSPTS allows the space shuttle to stay docked at the
                      International Space Station longer by providing its power and preserving
                      its consumables. Endeavour is scheduled for mission STS-118 in June. It
                      will be the orbiter's first shuttle flight in nearly five years. The vehicle has
                      undergone an extensive modification period, including the addition of all of
                      the return-to-flight safety modifications added to both Discovery and
                      Atlantis. The June mission will deliver another starboard solar array, S5, to
                      the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


                      Friday, January 19


                      KSC-07PD-0133 (01/19/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                      In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, technicians on a Hyster forklift install
                      space shuttle main engine no. 3 into Endeavour. Each space shuttle main
                      engine is 14 feet long, weighs about 6,700 pounds, and is 7.5 feet in
                      diameter at the end of the nozzle. The orbiter is scheduled for mission
                      STS-118, targeted for launch on June 28. The mission will be the 22nd
                      flight to the International Space Station, carrying another starboard array,
                      S5, for installation. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton



                      KSC-07PD-0135 (01/19/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                      Technicians on a Hyster forklift maneuver space shuttle main engine no. 3
                      into place on Endeavour. Each space shuttle main engine is 14 feet long,
                      weighs about 6,700 pounds, and is 7.5 feet in diameter at the end of the
                      nozzle.



                      JSC2007-E-03676 (19 Jan. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                      Educator astronaut Barbara Morgan (left) and Canadian Space Agency
                      astronaut Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams speak to an audience of students and
                      media during a demonstration at Space Center Houston. Morgan has been
                      named as a crew member for the STS-118 mission, scheduled to launch in
                      the summer of 2007.



                      JSC2007-E-03686 (19 Jan. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]



                      JSC2007-E-03699 (19 Jan. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]



                      JSC2007-E-03715 (19 Jan. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                      Barbara Morgan, educator astronaut, is pictured with a number of students
                      during a demonstration at Space Center Houston. Morgan has been named
                      as a crew member for the STS-118 mission, scheduled to launch in the
                      summer of 2007.



                      JSC2007-E-03736 (19 Jan. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                      Educator astronaut Barbara Morgan speaks to the media during a
                      demonstration at Space Center Houston. Morgan has been named as a
                      crew member for the STS-118 mission, scheduled to launch in the summer
                      of 2007.



                      JSC2007-E-03771 (19 Jan. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]



                      JSC2007-E-03779 (19 Jan. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]


                      Tuesday, January 23


                      KSC-07PD-0159 (01/23/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                      The right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod is driven past the Vehicle
                      Assembly Building on its way to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 for
                      installation on the orbiter Endeavour. The orbital maneuvering
                      system/reaction control system left- and right-hand pods are attached to
                      the upper aft fuselage left and right sides. Each pod is fabricated primarily
                      of graphite epoxy composite and aluminum. Each pod is 21.8 feet long and
                      11.37 feet wide at its aft end and 8.41 feet wide at its forward end, with a
                      surface area of approximately 435 square feet. The orbiter is being
                      prepared for its first launch in just over four years. The vehicle has
                      undergone an extensive modification period, including the addition of all of
                      the return-to-flight safety upgrades added to both Discovery and Atlantis.
                      Endeavour is targeted for launch of mission STS-118 on June 28.
                      Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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                        STS-118 Endeavour


                        Next Events

                        Wednesday, March 14
                        Stacking in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
                        of the twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs)


                        Monday, April 30
                        External Tank (ET-117) mating to the Solid Rocket
                        Boosters (SRBs) in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)


                        Friday, May 18
                        Orbiter Endeavour's rollover to the
                        Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)


                        Friday, May 25
                        Orbiter Endeavour's rollout to Launch Pad 39A

                        Thursday, June 28
                        Launch


                        All times could change at short notice.
                        Changes are indicated in red.






                        Space Shuttle Processing
                        Status Report S-020207


                        Friday, February 2

                        Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) -
                        S5 Truss Segment
                        Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
                        Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
                        Launch Date: Targeted for June 28, 2007
                        Launch Pad: 39A
                        Crew: Scott Kelly, Charles Hobaugh, Richard Mastracchio,
                        Dafydd Williams, Tracy Caldwell, Barbara Morgan and Clayton Anderson
                        Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

                        Endeavour remains in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, and technicians
                        continue preparing the vehicle for its first launch in just over four years.
                        The vehicle has undergone an extensive modification period, including the
                        addition of all of the return-to-flight safety upgrades added to both
                        Discovery and Atlantis.

                        This week, technicians installed the right-hand orbital maneuvering system
                        pod, which provides thrust while the vehicle is on orbit. OMS pod
                        verification tests are now under way. With both OMS pods on board, all of
                        Endeavour's major flight components are now installed for flight. The
                        forward reaction control system heater tests and vernier thruster
                        inspections were completed this week, and the air data probe functional
                        test is complete. The payload hardware components are being installed in
                        the midbody, which will configure Endeavour to receive the S5 truss
                        segment.


                        Quelle: NASA.gov



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                          STS-118 Endeavour


                          Next Events

                          Wednesday, March 14
                          Stacking in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
                          of the twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs)


                          Monday, April 30
                          External Tank (ET-117) mating to the Solid Rocket
                          Boosters (SRBs) in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)


                          Friday, May 18
                          Orbiter Endeavour's rollover to the
                          Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)


                          Friday, May 25
                          Orbiter Endeavour's rollout to Launch Pad 39A

                          Thursday, June 28
                          Launch


                          All times could change at short notice.
                          Changes are indicated in red.




                          Space Shuttle Processing
                          Status Report S-022307


                          Friday, February 23

                          Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) -
                          S5 Truss Segment
                          Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
                          Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
                          Launch Date: Targeted for June 28, 2007
                          Launch Pad: 39A
                          Crew: Scott Kelly, Charles Hobaugh, Richard Mastracchio,
                          Dafydd Williams, Tracy Caldwell, Barbara Morgan and Clayton Anderson
                          Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

                          Endeavour remains in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, and technicians
                          continue preparing the vehicle for its first launch in more than four years.
                          The vehicle has undergone an extensive modification period, including the
                          addition of all of the return-to-flight safety upgrades added to both
                          Discovery and Atlantis.

                          This week, technicians completed preparations for the mating of the aft
                          orbital maneuvering system pod to the reaction control system. Final mate
                          and interface verification is scheduled for the weekend. Work is also under
                          way to prepare the orbiter for installation of the orbiter boom sensor
                          system, which is a robotic arm extension. Final testing of the orbiter's fuel
                          cells was completed this week.


                          Mission: STS-122
                          Vehicle: Discovery

                          Processing of Discovery, which returned from the STS-116 mission on
                          Dec. 22, continues in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3. The right-hand
                          orbital maneuvering system pod was removed this week. Technicians are
                          busy working on Discovery's electrical system, preparing for the
                          installation of the new station-to-shuttle power transfer system (SSPTS)
                          modification. This system will allow the orbiter and International Space
                          Station to share power, which will enable the orbiter to remain docked for
                          longer periods of time. Work is also under way to change out Discovery's
                          cockpit windows, with the removal and replacement of window No. 8
                          completed this week.


                          Quelle: NASA.gov



                          Image Gallery

                          Thursday, February 1


                          JSC2007-E-06391 (1 Feb. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                          Astronaut Tracy E. Caldwell (left) and Canadian Space Agency astronaut
                          Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams, both STS-118 mission specialists, exchange
                          thoughts in the check-out facility at Ellington Field near Johnson Space
                          Center prior to a flight in NASA T-38 trainer jets to the Kennedy Space
                          Center, Florida.



                          JSC2007-E-06393 (1 Feb. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                          Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams, STS-118
                          mission specialist, prepares for a flight in a NASA T-38 trainer jet from
                          Ellington Field near Johnson Space Center to Kennedy Space Center,
                          Florida.



                          JSC2007-E-06400 (1 Feb. 2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                          Astronaut Tracy E. Caldwell, STS-118 mission specialist, prepares for a
                          flight in a NASA T-38 trainer jet from Ellington Field near Johnson Space
                          Center to Kennedy Space Center, Florida.


                          Friday, February 2


                          KSC-07PD-0229 (02/02/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                          In the Space Station Processing Facility, members of the STS-118 crew
                          learn important information from technicians about the control moment
                          gyro (CMG) in front of them that is part of the payload on their mission.
                          Second from left is Mission Specialist Tracy Caldwell; at center, behind the
                          CMG, is Mission Specialist Richard Mastracchio; second from right is
                          Mission Specialist Clayton Anderson, who will be flying on STS-118 to join
                          the Expedition 15 crew as flight engineer on the International Space
                          Station. The CMG will replace a faulty one on the International Space
                          Station. The payload also includes the SPACEHAB single cargo module, the
                          third starboard truss segment (ITS S5) and the external stowage platform 3
                          (ESP3). STS-118 is targeted to launch June 28 from Launch Pad 39A.
                          Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett



                          KSC-07PD-0232 (02/02/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                          Members of the STS-118 crew take part in a hardware review of the
                          SPACEHAB module, part of the payload on their mission. Seen here is
                          Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, facing forward at the entrance of the
                          module. The mission payload also includes the third starboard truss
                          segment (ITS S5), a control moment gyro and the external stowage
                          platform 3 (ESP3). STS-118 is targeted to launch June 28 from Launch Pad
                          39A. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett



                          KSC-07PD-0234 (02/02/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                          Members of the STS-118 crew take part in a hardware review of the
                          SPACEHAB module, part of the payload on their mission. Seen here inside
                          the module are Mission Specialists Dafydd Williams (center) and Barbara
                          Morgan. Williams represents the Canadian Space Agency. The mission
                          payload also includes the third starboard truss segment (ITS S5), a control
                          moment gyro and the external stowage platform 3 (ESP3). STS-118 is
                          targeted to launch June 28 from Launch Pad 39A.
                          Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett



                          KSC-07PD-0237 (02/02/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                          Members of the STS-118 crew take part in a hardware review of the
                          SPACEHAB module, part of the payload on their mission. Seen here (in
                          uniforms) from left are Mission Specialists Dafydd Williams and Barbara
                          Morgan and Pilot Charles Hobaugh. Williams represents the Canadian
                          Space Agency. The mission payload also includes the third starboard truss
                          segment (ITS S5), a control moment gyro and the external stowage
                          platform 3 (ESP3). STS-118 is targeted to launch June 28 from Launch Pad
                          39A. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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                            Next Events

                            End of March
                            External Tank (ET-117) leaving New Orleans with
                            Pegasus Barge to Cape Canaveral. Duration: 5 - 7 days


                            Wednesday, April 4
                            Arrival of External Tank (ET-117) at Cape Canaveral

                            Soon after Rollout of Atlantis from High Bay 1
                            Stacking in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
                            of the twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs)


                            Monday, April 30
                            External Tank (ET-117) mating to the Solid Rocket
                            Boosters (SRBs) in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)


                            Friday, May 18
                            Orbiter Endeavour's rollover from OPF-2 to the
                            Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)


                            Friday, May 25
                            Orbiter Endeavour's rollout to Launch Pad 39A

                            Thursday, June 28
                            Launch


                            All times could change at short notice.
                            Changes are indicated in red.




                            Space Shuttle Processing
                            Status Report S-031607


                            Friday, March 16

                            Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) -
                            S5 Truss Segment
                            Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
                            Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
                            Launch Date: Targeted for June 28, 2007
                            Launch Pad: 39A
                            Crew: Scott Kelly, Charles Hobaugh, Richard Mastracchio,
                            Dafydd Williams, Tracy Caldwell, Barbara Morgan and Clayton Anderson
                            Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

                            Endeavour remains in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, and technicians
                            continue preparing the vehicle for its first launch in more than four years.
                            The vehicle has undergone an extensive modification period, including the
                            addition of all of the return-to-flight safety upgrades added to both
                            Discovery and Atlantis.

                            This week, technicians completed checkout of the trajectory control sensor
                            system, and the payload pre-mate testing is nearly finished. Preparations
                            are under way for the installation of the orbiter boom sensor system,
                            which is a 50-foot extension for the shuttle's robotic arm. The waste
                            contamination system checkout is complete. Testing of the aerosurface
                            control system has also concluded. This involved moving flight control
                            systems such as the elevons, body flap and rudder speed break using the
                            hydraulic systems.


                            Quelle: NASA.gov



                            Image Gallery

                            STS-118 Crew Portrait


                            STS118-S-002 (9 Nov. 2006, published on 8 March 2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                            These seven astronauts take a break from training to pose for the
                            STS-118 crew portrait. Pictured from the left are astronauts Richard A.
                            (Rick) Mastracchio, mission specialist; Barbara R. Morgan, a mission
                            specialist and NASA's first educator astronaut; Charles O. Hobaugh, pilot;
                            Scott J. Kelly, commander; Tracy E. Caldwell, Canadian Space Agency's
                            Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams, both mission specialists; and Clayton C.
                            Anderson, Expedition 15 flight engineer. The crewmembers are attired in
                            training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits. Anderson will join
                            Expedition 15 as flight engineer after launching to the International Space
                            Station aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-118.


                            Wednesday, March 7


                            KSC-07PD-0581 (03/07/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                            In the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, technicians work around the
                            attach point for the external tank near Endeavour's landing gear. The
                            orbiter is scheduled to fly on mission STS-118 to the International Space
                            Station in the summer of 2007. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller



                            KSC-07PD-0582 (03/07/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                            In the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, technicians work around the
                            attach point for the external tank near Endeavour's landing gear. The
                            orbiter is scheduled to fly on mission STS-118 to the International Space
                            Station in the summer of 2007. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller


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                              STS-118 Endeavour




                              Next Event

                              Wednesday, May 2 - after Rollout of Atlantis from High Bay 1
                              Stacking in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) High Bay 1
                              of the twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs)



                              All times could change at short notice.
                              Changes are indicated in red.




                              Space Shuttle Processing
                              Status Report S-040607


                              Friday, April 6

                              Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) -
                              S5 Truss Segment
                              Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
                              Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
                              Launch Date: Targeted for June 28, 2007
                              Launch Pad: 39A
                              Crew: Scott Kelly, Charles Hobaugh, Richard Mastracchio,
                              Dafydd Williams, Tracy Caldwell, Barbara Morgan and Clayton Anderson
                              Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

                              Endeavour remains in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, and technicians
                              continue preparing the vehicle for its first launch in more than four years.
                              The vehicle has undergone an extensive modification period, including the
                              addition of all of the return-to-flight safety upgrades added to both
                              Discovery and Atlantis.

                              This week, the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) was installed in the
                              vehicle. The OBSS is a 50-foot extension for the shuttle's robotic arm.
                              Closeout of the payload bay compartments is under way. The wing leading
                              edge instrumentation system flight batteries were installed, and the
                              space-to-space orbiter radio system checks are complete and good.
                              Preparations are under way for removal of Endeavour's three main
                              engines for contaminant inspection.


                              Quelle: NASA.gov



                              Image Gallery

                              Thursday, April 5


                              KSC-07PD-0795 (04/05/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                              In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, workers secure the overhead lifting
                              device that will lift the orbiter boom sensor system for installation in
                              Endeavour. Endeavour is scheduled to fly on mission STS-118 to the
                              International Space Station in the summer of 2007. It will deliver the third
                              starboard truss segment, S5. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder


                              KSC-07PD-0798 (04/05/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                              In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, the orbiter boom sensor system (in
                              the background) is moved toward the open payload bay of Endeavour.
                              The boom will be installed in the payload bay for launch.
                              Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder


                              KSC-07PD-0800 (04/05/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                              Workers monitor the placement of the orbiter boom sensor system in
                              Endeavour's payload bay. The orbiter is scheduled to fly on mission
                              STS-118 to the International Space Station in the summer of 2007. It will
                              deliver the third starboard truss segment, S5.
                              Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder


                              Friday, April 6


                              KSC-07PD-0841 (04/06/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                              The Pegasus barge is towed on the barge channel leading to the Launch
                              Complex 39 Area. The barge's cargo is the external tank prepared for
                              mission STS-118 by the Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans. The
                              destination of the barge is the turn basin near the Vehicle Assembly
                              Building where the tank will be offloaded and moved to the VAB.
                              Photo credit: Dimitri Gerondidakis


                              KSC-07PD-0842 (04/06/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                              The Pegasus barge is towed into the turn basin in the Launch Complex 39
                              Area. In the foreground are the U.S. flag and launch countdown clock near
                              the NASA News Center. Photo credit: Jack Pfaller


                              KSC-07PD-0845 (04/06/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                              The Pegasus barge is moved closer to the dock in the turn basin of the
                              Launch Complex 39 Area. The barge's cargo is the external tank prepared
                              for mission STS-118 by the Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans.
                              After docking, the tank will eventually be offloaded and moved to the
                              Vehicle Assembly Building, which is seen at left. Photo credit: Jack Pfaller


                              KSC-07PD-0846 (04/06/2007) [Low Res | High Res]
                              The Pegasus barge is tied up at the dock in the turn basin of the Launch
                              Complex 39 Area. The barge's cargo is the external tank prepared for
                              mission STS-118 by the Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans. The
                              tank will later be offloaded and moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building.
                              Photo credit: Jack Pfaller


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