[sarex] NASA GIVES 'GO' FOR SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY LAUNCH
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Nov. 29, 2006
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
NASA GIVES 'GO' FOR SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY LAUNCH
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA senior managers today unanimously
recommended launching the Space Shuttle Discovery on December 7.
Commander Mark Polansky and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift
off at 9:35 p.m. EST on the STS-116 mission, one of the most
challenging flights to continue building the International Space
During the 12-day mission and three spacewalks, the crew will work
closely with flight controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center,
Houston, to install a new segment of the station's girder-like truss
and activate the station's permanent, complex power and cooling
The launch date was announced after a traditional meeting, known as
the Flight Readiness Review. During the two-day meeting, top NASA
managers and engineers assess any risks associated with the mission
and determine whether the shuttle's equipment, support systems and
procedures are ready for flight.
"What struck me during this meeting was how complex this mission is
and how it fits into the next series of assembly missions," said
Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier, who
chaired the Flight Readiness Review. "We had a very good discussion
on a lot of topics and our teams worked hard to make sure we had all
the information we need to set our launch date for next Thursday."
Joining Commander Polansky aboard Discovery will be Pilot Bill
Oefelein, mission specialists Bob Curbeam, Joan Higginbotham,
Nicholas Patrick, European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang
and Sunita Williams. Williams will remain aboard the station for six
months. ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter, who has lived on the station
since July, will return to Earth on Discovery.
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