[amsat-florida] STS-119

Keith N4ZQ n4zq at netzero.net
Sat Mar 14 05:50:43 PDT 2009

NASA managers will hold a prelaunch news conference no earlier than 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 14 do discuss the launch of Discovery to the International Space Station. 

Lets keep our fingers crossed for that Sunday evening launch. The Atlas military communication satellite launch scheduled for a Saturday night launch has stepped aside to let the shuttle have a shot at it's Sunday liftoff for the 28th US mission to the ISS. The new date for the Atlas has been set for St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, with the launch window opening at 21:24 EDT for 36 minutes. 

Unfortunately the Sunday 19:43 EDT (23:43 UTC) Discovery liftoff is right in the middle of the West Central Florida information net on the NI4CE repeater system. Otherwise I suggest we have a launch watch get together. 

Hoping for clear skies and clear viewing...  Keith N4ZQ


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