[sarex] NASA Gives "Go" for Space Shuttle Launch on Oct. 23
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Wed Oct 17 03:58:48 PDT 2007
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> Oct. 16, 2007
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> katherine.trinidad at nasa.gov
> George Diller
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> george.h.diller at nasa.gov
> NASA GIVES "GO" FOR SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH ON OCT. 23
> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA senior managers Tuesday completed a
> detailed review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and
> selected Oct. 23 as the official launch date. Commander Pam Melroy
> and her six crewmates are scheduled to lift off at 11:38 a.m. EDT on
> the STS-120 mission to the International Space Station.
> Tuesday's meeting included a discussion about concerns raised by the
> NASA Engineering and Safety Center regarding the reinforced carbon
> carbon on three of Discovery's wing leading edge panels. This issue
> initially was brought before the Space Shuttle Program during a
> two-day, preliminary review held last week to assess preparations for
> Discovery's mission.
> "After a thorough discussion and review of all current engineering
> analysis, we have determined that Discovery's panels do not need to
> be replaced before the mission," said Associate Administrator for
> Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier, who chaired Tuesday's meeting.
> During the shuttle's 120th mission, the shuttle and station crews will
> work with flight controllers at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston,
> to add a module to the station that will serve as a port for
> installing future international laboratories. The Harmony module will
> be the first expansion of the living and working space on the station
> since 2001. The upcoming mission also will move the first set of
> solar arrays installed on the station to a permanent location on the
> complex and redeploy them.
> The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks - four by shuttle crew
> members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew. Discovery is
> expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on
> Nov. 6.
> Joining Commander Melroy on STS-120 will be Pilot George Zamka and
> mission specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug
> Wheelock, Daniel Tani and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency.
> Tani will remain aboard the station and return with the STS-122 crew,
> which is targeted to launch Dec. 6. Current Flight Engineer Clayton
> Anderson will return to Earth on Discovery after nearly five months
> on the station.
> For more information about the STS-120 mission, including images and
> interviews with the crew, visit:
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