About Two Week Delay To Each; Next Two Flights Pending
NASA officials on Thursday revised the target launch dates for
space shuttle flights during the second half of 2008, pushing the
last three scheduled flights for the year off by about two weeks
The space shuttle and International Space Station programs
agreed to the changes during a meeting at NASA's Johnson Space
Center to evaluate options following the STS-122 mission delay.
The next two shuttle flights, STS-123 on Endeavour targeted for
March 11 and STS-124 on Discovery targeted for April 24, are being
assessed and coordinated with NASA's international partners. Any
decision on those launch dates will take place after the current
STS-122 mission lands.
Late 2008 shuttle mission target launch dates are:
August 28 - Atlantis (STS-125) to service the Hubble Space
October 16 - Endeavour (STS-126) to deliver equipment to the
International Space Station
December 4 - Discovery (STS-119) to deliver the final set of
solar arrays to the station.
Flights beyond 2008 have not been assessed. Both shuttle and
station program officials are considering options for scheduling
the remainder of the shuttle flights, according to the space