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April 12, 2007 Vol. 12, No.


New shuttle launch target Dawn arrives for processing

date is June 8 for June 30 launch
Shuttle Update: Servicing of the water spray boiler sys- important test onboard the International
NASA is targeting June 8 tem began last week, and fuel cell coolant Space Station. Called LOCAD-PTS
as the next possible launch servicing continues. Wire tray closeouts (short for Lab-On-a-Chip Application
opportunity for Space in the midbody are ongoing, and cargo Development–Portable Test System), the
Shuttle Atlantis’ STS-117 bay closeouts are under way. mini-lab detects the presence of bacteria
mission to the Interna- or fungi on the surfaces of a spacecraft
tional Space Station.
ELV Update: Tuesday morning, far more rapidly than standard methods
two trucks (one air-ride, one flat-bed) de- of culturing. To read more about it, go to
Managers decided to fin-
livered the Dawn spacecraft, as well as
ish repairs of hail damage to Atlantis’
additional electrical and ground support /06apr_locad2.htm?list947891.
current tank and use it for STS-117. The
equipment and xenon ground support
volume of repairs (approximately 2,660 Information
equipment to Astrotech. The spacecraft
sites) dictates moving the launch target to Needed of Engineer-
has been removed from the container and
moved into the high bay of the Payload ing, Scientific Accom-
Tuesday’s decision by agency man- plishments — The
Processing Facility.
agement followed a meeting that re- shuttle program is solic-
Dawn's mission is to explore two of
viewed the progress in repairing the iting information about technological,
the asteroid belt's most intriguing and dis-
insulating foam on the shuttle’s external engineering, manufacturing and scientific
similar occupants: asteroid Vesta and the
fuel tank, assessing its use for the mission innovations developed by KSC for the
dwarf planet Ceres.
or swapping with one that arrived last shuttle program to be published in a book
The Dawn mission is managed by
week from the manufacturing plant in summarizing shuttle program accom-
JPL, a division of the California Institute
New Orleans. The tank that arrived Fri- plishments. A section of this book will be
of Technology in Pasadena, for NASA's
day will be prepared for Space Shuttle dedicated to the innovations and accom-
Science Mission Directorate in Washing-
Endeavour’s STS-118 mission to the plishments by KSC ground operations
ton, D.C.
space station, now targeted for launch in and processing. Please submit a few lines
August. Fire Danger — Due to by e-mail no later than April 18 on any
On Endeavour, the wing leading the increasing potential of innovation or unique capability that KSC
edge instrumentation system flight batter- wild land fires on the space- developed for the shuttle program and a
ies were installed last week, and the port, Fire Rescue Services di- point of contact who, if selected, would
space-to-space orbiter radio system rects that all off-road travel be write the technical details.
checks were successful. Technicians have reduced. If mission or work requirements E-mails should be sent to
begun removing the orbiter's main en- require off-road travel, you are required,
gines in order to inspect for contami- to notify the Fire Department at 867-2091 or
nants. for KSC, and 853-9253 for CCAFS prior
On Discovery, the orbiter's thermal to that off-road travel. If you are off-road
protection system waterproofing is 90 for any activity, please do not park your Countdown is published every Tuesday & Thurs-
percent complete. Leak checks on fuel vehicle in tall brush or grass due to the day for NASA KSC employees. Deadlines are
cells No. 1 and 3 were completed. potential ignition source of the catalytic 10 a.m. Mondays & Wednesdays. E-mail news to
converter on the vehicle. For questions or
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brance Day begins at sundown on Sunday. logical laboratory important to the future
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