[sarex] NASA Set To Begin Space Shuttle Discovery Countdown Oct. 20
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Wed Oct 17 16:38:24 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C 31468
Oct. 17, 2007
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> katherine.trinidad at nasa.gov
> George Diller
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> george.h.diller at nasa.gov
> NASA SET TO BEGIN SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY COUNTDOWN OCT. 20
> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA will start the launch countdown for space
> shuttle Discovery's STS-120 mission at 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 20,
> at T-43 hours. The countdown includes 26 hours and 38 minutes of
> built-in hold time leading to a preferred launch time of
> approximately 11:38 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The launch window
> extends an additional five minutes.
> During the 14-day mission to the International Space Station,
> Discovery's crew will add the Node 2 module to the expanding station.
> Node 2, known as Harmony, will provide attachment points for European
> and Japanese laboratory modules to be installed later this year and
> early in 2008, respectively. The Discovery crew also will move the
> station's Port 6 segment of the station's backbone, or truss, and its
> solar arrays to a permanent position at the very end of the left side
> of the truss. The flight will include five spacewalks.
> A detailed list of launch countdown milestones and times is available
> This mission is the 120th space shuttle flight, the 34th flight for
> Discovery and the 23rd U.S. flight to the International Space
> Station. This mission includes the most number of spacewalks ever
> conducted while the shuttle is docked to the station.
> For more information about the STS-120 crew and the mission to the
> space station, visit:
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