Wed, Oct 15, 2008
Hubble Repair Mission Delayed Until Early Next Year
Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad
39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
in Florida on Monday, October 20, to await launch on its mission to
repair the Hubble Space Telescope. First motion of the shuttle is
scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT.
As ANN reported, Atlantis' targeted launch on
October 10 was delayed when a system that transfers science data
from the orbiting observatory to Earth malfunctioned on September
27. The new target launch date is under review.
The fully assembled space shuttle Atlantis, consisting of the
orbiter, external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, is mounted
on a Mobile Launcher Platform and will be delivered to the Vehicle
Assembly Building atop a crawler transporter. The crawler will
travel slower than 1 mph during the 3.4-mile journey, which is
expected to take approximately six hours.
The next space shuttle flight will be shuttle Endeavour's
STS-126 mission to the International Space Station, targeted for
launch November 14. Endeavour is scheduled to move from Launch Pad
39B to Pad 39A on October 25;
the shuttle was moved into its initial position last
month, so it would available as a possible rescue ship
for the Hubble mission.
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