International Space Station and the Space Shuttle [Updated April 26, 2007]   [open pdf - 130KB]

"The space shuttle Atlantis, scheduled to launch in March 2007 but damaged in a hailstorm in late February, was expected to be repaired and ready for launch in June or July. The mission, STS-117, is aimed at continuing construction of the International Space Station (ISS). NASA will schedule a shuttle flight in May 2008 to service the Hubble Space Telescope, Administrator Michael Griffin announced on October 31, 2006. The mission would extend the life of the telescope through 2013. The decision reverses a 2004 cancellation of the servicing mission following the loss of the shuttle Columbia. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) programs were funded for FY2007 in the Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007 (H.J.Res. 20, P.L. 110-5). The Exploration Capabilities program, which includes the space shuttle and the ISS, were funded at $6.140 billion, compared to $6.516 billion in FY2006. The request for FY2008 for Exploration Capabilities was $6.792 billion."

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