[sarex] Discovery, Harmony Ready for Launch
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*Discovery, Harmony Ready for Launch*
20 October 2007
Discovery's crew. Image Above: Commander Pam Melroy and pilot George
Zamka leave the Shuttle Training Aircraft after practicing landings at
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The aircraft is modified to
behave much like a shuttle gliding back from space. Image credit:
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NASA managers overseeing the launch preparations for STS-120 said space
shuttle Discovery is ready for two weeks in space.
"All of our systems are in good shape," NASA Test Director Charlie
The extensive staff of engineers who conduct the countdown will report
to the Launch Control Center on Saturday afternoon and the countdown
will begin at 2 p.m.
The Italian-built Harmony module Discovery is carrying to the
International Space Station is also in good shape, payload manager Glenn
Chin said. The station segment weighs more than 31,000 pounds and will
serve as a connecting point for laboratory modules from NASA and the
European and Japanese space agencies.
Weather officer Kathy Winters pointed to some concerns that rain showers
and clouds could interfere with Discovery's launch. She said there is a
60 percent chance of favorable weather at launch time. Liftoff is
scheduled for 11:38 a.m. Tuesday.
Discovery's crew of seven astronauts arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space
Center on Friday. They have been going through final checklists and
preparations of their own for Tuesday's planned lift off.
Crew members Pam Melroy and George Zamka flew simulated space shuttle
landings early Saturday morning aboard a Gulfstream business jet
modified to mimic the flight characteristics of a gliding shuttle.
STS-120 is scheduled to return to Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility at
4:47 a.m. Nov. 6.
+ STS-120 Mission Overview
+ Harmony Node 2
+ Space Shuttle Discovery
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