ANN REALTIME Update,
0010, 07.13.05: NASA has updated the status of today's
STS-114 launch with the following report. Our hopes, prayers,
hearts, dreams and spirits are with Eileen Collins, Steve Robinson,
Jim Kelly, Andy Thomas, Wendy Lawrence, Charlie Camarda, and Soichi
Noguchi. Have a great launch, a super mission, enjoy the heck out
of the privilege of seeing Mother Terra from on-high, come home
safe and tell us ALL about it.
Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1)
Payload: Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: July 13, 2005, 3:51 p.m. EDT Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and
Camarda Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical
The countdown to launch Discovery remains on schedule for
Wednesday at 3:51 p.m. EDT.
Just one day prior to the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery,
closeouts and procedures are finalized for the liftoff of the
Return to Flight mission, STS-114, to the International Space
Station. The countdown clock is in a scheduled built-in hold at
T-11 hours (Time Minus 11 hours) and was to have picked up at 11
p.m. EDT Tuesday.
At about 5 p.m., Tuesday, during routine closeouts at the launch
pad, the cover of Discovery's window number seven, one of the
overhead crew cabin windows, fell about 65 feet and hit a carrier
panel on the left Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) pod, damaging
several tiles. The tiles were on a single carrier panel, which fits
over the area. A spare carrier panel was taken to the pad and used
to replace the damaged panel. The replacement procedure took about
an hour to complete.
This operation impacted the planned roll back of the Rotating
Service Structure from 7 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.
The launch on Wednesday will not be impacted as a result. The
countdown is in a planned, built-in hold at the T-11 hour mark. No
other issues are being tracked by the launch team.
Loading of the Power Reactant Storage Distribution system is
complete. This is the operation where the liquid hydrogen and
liquid oxygen for the fuel cells is loaded on Discovery. The fuel
cells provide power to the electrical systems while the Shuttle is
in orbit. The byproduct is drinking water. Setup and checkouts of
the Space Shuttle Main Engines have begun.
This morning, as early as 5:30 a.m. EDT, the External Tank will
be filled with about 500,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid
hydrogen. To fill the tank takes about three hours.
Today, the L-1 day weather forecast shows that the probability
of weather prohibiting the launch of Discovery is 40 percent, with
the probability of weather prohibiting tanking at only five
percent. Temperature at launch time is forecast at 86 degrees and a
relative humidity of 70 percent.
The STS-114 crew spent today in various briefings including an
Astronaut Support Personnel ingress briefing. This morning,
Commander Eileen Collins and Pilot Jim Kelly flew several landing
approaches at the Shuttle Landing Facility in the Shuttle Training
The Solid Rocket Booster retrieval ships Liberty Star and
Freedom Star departed from KSC at about 12:30 p.m. and are
traveling to their location for launch, about 140 nautical miles
downrange of the launch pad.