[sarex] Countdown Proceeds Smoothly
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*Countdown Proceeds Smoothly; First Lady Calls Barbara Morgan*
*Launch Date:* Aug. 8
*Launch Time:* 6:36 p.m. EDT
Image above: Pilot Charlie Hobaugh exits the shuttle training aircraft
after a training session at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing
Facility. He and STS-118 Commander Scott Kelly were at the facility to
practice landings for their upcoming mission. Photo credit: NASA
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*08.07.07 - 10:20 a.m. EDT*
On the morning before the scheduled liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour
on the STS-118 mission, launch officials confirmed once again that the
countdown is continuing as planned and no issues have surfaced.
Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters provided an updated forecast,
which has improved even further to only a 20% chance that isolated rain
showers could prohibit launch on Wednesday afternoon.
+ L-1 Weather Forecast
Mission STS-118 will be the first for Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan,
the teacher-turned-astronaut whose association with NASA began more than
20 years ago. First Lady Laura Bush called Morgan Tuesday morning to
offer congratulations "one schoolteacher to another," and to thank her
for her commitment to the space program and to education.
+ White House News Release
On Monday night, workers finished loading the reactants for the
orbiter's three power-producing fuel cells. Checks of the space shuttle
main engine's avionics and pneumatic systems are planned today, along
with inspections of the external tank, activation of ground support
equipment, and crew equipment stowage in the crew module. Orbiter and
ground communications systems will be powered up Tuesday afternoon prior
to retraction of the pad's rotating service structure, scheduled to
begin at 9 p.m. EDT.
The 22nd flight to the International Space Station, STS-118 will be the
first flight for Endeavour since 2002. Launch remains on target for Aug.
8 at 6:36 p.m. EDT
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