Tue, Aug 25, 2009
It Looks Like Friday Is The Day
ANN REALTime Update,
08.25.09, 2213 EDT: NASA is targeting space shuttle
Discovery for a launch attempt Friday morning at 12:22 a.m.,
mission management team Chairman Mike Moses said. Engineers will
evaluate a liquid hydrogen valve that developed problems during
tanking operations Tuesday evening. Detailed test data about the
valve will be examined before Discovery’s fuel tank is loaded
with propellant ahead of Friday morning’s launch
NASA has confirmed that a problem with a fill-and-drain valve
inside space shuttle Discovery's aft compartment has scrubbed the
Wednesday morning launch attempt for STS-128. The launch team is
evaluating the issue and has not set a new launch date and time at
Space shuttle Discovery will carry the Leonardo supply module to
the International Space Station during STS-128, along with a new
crew member for the station, Nicole Stott.
Commanded by veteran astronaut Rick "C.J." Sturckow, the STS-128
mission crew will deliver refrigerator-sized racks full of
equipment, including the COLBERT treadmill, an exercise device
named after comedian Stephen Colbert.
Stott will take the place of Tim Kopra, who moved into the
station during STS-127. Pilot Kevin Ford and Mission Specialists
Patrick Forrester, Jose Hernandez, John "Danny" Olivas and Sweden's
Christer Fuglesang round out the crew.
This is Discovery's 37th mission to space and the 30th mission
of a space shuttle dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of the
International Space Station.
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