As you read this Monday morning, a barge is somewhere out in the
Gulf of Mexico, slowly making its way to the southern tip of the
Florida Keys. Once there, it will turn northeast and head for Cape
Canaveral, where it will unload its cargo -- a huge, slightly
familiar looking fuel tank. Perhaps the most vital part of the new
and improved shuttle fleet is being delivered to the Kennedy Space
The tank should arrive on Wednesday, according to KSC
Work toward NASA's much-vaunted return to flight, the first
shuttle sortie since Columbia disintegrated on re-entry almost two
years ago, is starting to shape up. Workers are assembling the
solid rocket boosters that will help lift the shuttle Discovery.
Work on the orbiter itself is also wrapping up. The shuttle is
expected to lift off on a sort of test flight sometime between May
14th and June 3rd.