[sarex] Launch Postponed 24 Hours; Crew Arrives at Kennedy
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*Launch Postponed 24 Hours; Crew Arrives at Kennedy*
*Launch Date:* Aug. 8
*Launch Time:* 6:36 p.m. EDT
Image above: The STS-118 crew members pause for a photo at Kennedy Space
Center's Shuttle Landing Facility after arriving for their upcoming
launch. Photo credit: NASA
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*08.03.07 - 5 p.m. EDT*
The launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-118 has been
postponed 24 hours to allow the shuttle processing team additional time
to complete routine work before liftoff. The new launch is targeted for
Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6:36 p.m. EDT.
The additional day will provide time to complete the processing and
allow the countdown to begin at 8 p.m.(0000 UTC) Sunday.
Led by Commander Scott Kelly, the STS-118 flight crew has arrived at
Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility aboard a NASA jet. The
seven astronauts will spend the remaining days until launch undergoing
final prelaunch preparations, including suit fit checks, briefings,
medical exams and landing practice in the shuttle training aircraft.
"I would like to congratulate all the orbiter teams here at the Kennedy
Space Center for the really outstanding effort they gave trying to get
Endeavour ready to go for a Tuesday launch," said Commander Scott Kelly
upon arriving at the spaceport.
An earlier leak in Endeavour's crew cabin has been fully resolved. The
problem was traced to one of two positive pressure-relief valves that
ensure that the cabin does not become over-pressurized. The suspect
valve was removed and replaced with a valve from Atlantis. Another round
of testing was successfully completed last night, with no leakage detected.
The 22nd flight to the International Space Station, STS-118 will be the
first flight for Endeavour since 2002, and the first mission for Mission
Specialist Barbara Morgan, the teacher-turned-astronaut whose
association with NASA began more than 20 years ago.
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