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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Inspection Under Way

The Final Inspection Team currently is performing its top-to-bottom walkdown at Launch Pad 39A as space shuttle Atlantis' tanking test continues. The liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen in the external fuel tank remain in the stable replenish mode.

During the fueling process, the main fuel valve on one of Atlantis' three main engines recorded temperatures below normal levels. Teams isolated the engine and continued to fuel Atlantis with no issues. Temperatures returned to normal readings. Engineers will evaluate any necessary work on the engine fuel valve following the tanking test.

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