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Space Shuttle Discovery scheduled for a July 1, 2006 launch
Posted: 13 June 2006 11:36 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled for a launch on July 1, 2006. The STS-121 mission has a launch window to July 19. Discovery will visit the International Space Station where the astronauts will make repairs to the station. Two spacewalks are also planned.▄▄▄
This will be STS-121’s mission crew: Discovery’s Commander Steve Lindsey,  Pilot Mark Kelly, Mission Specialists Mike Fossum, Lisa Nowak, Stephanie Wilson, Piers Sellers and Thomas Reiter who are all involved in a countdown test this week. The test is held at Kennedy prior to each space shuttle flight. The astronauts will also spend time undergoing emergency egress training.The astronauts and ground crews will go through a full launch dress rehearsal during the tests. Testing for the safety of shuttles will continue during the flight to the international space station.—Source: NASA’s web site.
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Posted: 13 June 2006 11:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Space Shuttle Discovery scheduled for a July 1, 2006 launch

The Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled for a launch on July 1, 2006. The STS-121 mission has a launch window to July 19. Discovery will visit the International Space Station where the astronauts will make repairs to the station. Two spacewalks are also planned. 
This will be STS-121’s mission crew: Discovery’s Commander Steve Lindsey,  Pilot Mark Kelly, Mission Specialists Mike Fossum, Lisa Nowak, Stephanie Wilson, Piers Sellers and Thomas Reiter who are all involved in a countdown test this week. The test is held at Kennedy prior to each space shuttle flight. The astronauts will also spend time undergoing emergency egress training.The astronauts and ground crews will go through a full launch dress rehearsal during the tests. Testing for the safety of shuttles will continue during the flight to the international space station.—Source: NASA’s web site.
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Posted: 22 June 2006 03:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Space Shuttle Discovery launch update

Space Shuttle Discovery is now ready to be launched next week. The mission will test new fuel tank changes, inspection and repair procedures, and deliver supplies to The International Space Station.
    The launch is not expected to be delayed even though there is still a chance that debris could shake loose during blast off. If Discovery is damaged and is unable to return to Earth it’s crew will stay aboard the Space Station for as long as 80 days. Discovery’s crew has accepted the risks involved in the flight.—Source: msnbc.msn.com’s Technology and Science section

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Posted: 25 June 2006 08:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Space Shuttle Discovery update

NASA"s chief engineer and a safety   officer who voted not to proceed with the July 1 launch of the space shuttle Discovery said that their main concern was the safety of the astronauts. However, they believe that the spaceflight holds no threat to the STS-121 crew’s safe return.  The engineer and safety officer had voted to delay the launch until engineers correct a problem with the ice frost ramps. The foam-covered ramps prevent ice from building up on brackets that connect cables and lines to Discovery’s external tank. As things stand now NASA is aware that some of the ramps could shed foam debris during launch but is confident that this would not jeopardise the dmission.—Source: msnbc.msn.com’s Space News Section
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Posted: 25 June 2006 09:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks for keeping us informed, Bob. It will be interesting to see how this develops. As always, safety has to be #1.

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Posted: 25 June 2006 10:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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[quote author=“dougsmith”]Thanks for keeping us informed, Bob. It will be interesting to see how this develops. As always, safety has to be #1.

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You’re welcome. Let’s hope that there are no problems. Yes, safety is definitely number one.
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Posted: 25 June 2006 02:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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We are within 180 miles of the Cape and if the sky is clear I may be able to see the shuttle after it is a few hundred miles down range. We sure’ll be looking.
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Posted: 25 June 2006 02:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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[quote author=“jimmiekeyes”]We are within 180 miles of the Cape and if the sky is clear I may be able to see the shuttle after it is a few hundred miles down range. We sure’ll be looking.
Jim

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I’d like to be there for the launch.
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Posted: 28 June 2006 09:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Space Shuttle Discovery launch update

The launch countdown began at 5 PM Wednesday at the T-43 hour mark—hold time is included in the countdown. The targeted launch time is 3:49 PM Saturday. The launch “window” is 10 minutes.  NASA’s test director announced that Discovery is in excellent shape. However, there is a 60% chance that weather may delay the launch.
    The STS-121 crew arrived at the Shuttle Landing Facility from the Johnson Space Center on Wednesday.
    NASA will host a news conference at 4:00 PM today.—Source: the Space Shuttle page of NASA’s website

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Posted: 30 June 2006 07:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Space Shuttle Discovery launch update

It’s L-1 and Discovery is ready to go. Pre-launch preparations are continuing and are on schedule.  The external fuel tank will be loaded at approximately 6 a.m.
    There will be two attempts to launch Discovery—one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Two more attempts are possible on Tuesday and Wednesday.   
    There is still a 60 percent chance that weather conditions will delay the launch tomorrow.   
    NASA will televise a live update at approximately 3 p.m. today.—Source: NASA’s Space Shuttle page of it’s website.

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Posted: 01 July 2006 05:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Space Shuttle Discovery launch update

At 10:49 a.m. STS-121 was still in a planned T-3 hour hold.  The astronauts were beginning to dress in their orange launch and entry spacesuits. The Ice Team was finishing up their inspection. They have reported no issues. 
The shuttle weather officer forecasts a 60 percent chance of weather prohibiting the launch this afternoon.
Fueling began at approxmately 6 a.m. with about 500,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen being pumped into the external tank. It took two hours and 53 minutes to complete the fueling.—Source: NASA’s Launch Blog.

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Posted: 01 July 2006 09:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Space Shuttle Discovery launch update

At 3:42 p.m. NASA’s launch director decided that today was not a good day to launch the shuttle because of weather conditions. He said that they will try again tomorrow.—Source: NASA’s Shuttle Blog

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Posted: 02 July 2006 09:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Space Shuttle Discovery launch update

Today at 1:14 p.m. the launch manager announced, “We have once again scrubbed the launch opportunity due to weather”. There will now be a 48-hour “stand down”. Another attempt to launch Discovery will be made on Tuesday, July 4 at 2:38 p.m.—Source: NASA’s Launch Blog

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Posted: 02 July 2006 10:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Thanks for the updates Bob.

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Posted: 02 July 2006 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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[quote author=“dougsmith”]Thanks for the updates Bob.

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Posted: 03 July 2006 04:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Soace Shuttle Discovery launch update

A crack was discovered in the foam on the external fuel tank during an inspection last night. The Mission Management Team is meeting at this time to try to determine if this will delay the launch which is scheduled for tomorrow. A briefing by The Team will be conducted later today on NASA TV..

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