[sarex] Discovery's "Go" for Tuesday Launch
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SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Discovery's "Go" for Tuesday Launch*
21 October 2007
At the STS-120 Launch Readiness News Conference Sunday morning, LeRoy
Cain, launch integration manager, pointed to the weather as the only
question mark for the launch week ahead. He reported all is "ready to
move forward to launch on Tuesday."
Image Above: The STS-120 crew are, from left, Commander Pamela Melroy,
Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie
Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Image credit:
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Weather officer Kathy Winters called Tuesday's weather "promising" at 60
percent favorable. She explained that they continue tracking a frontal
boundary that may now arrive on Wednesday, earlier than previously
predicted. The front should be out in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, but
the timing of the front's arrival could cause problems for a Wednesday
launch attempt should Tuesday's launch not occur. Weather should improve
once the front passes through the area. There is still only a 10 percent
chance that weather could prohibit tanking for Tuesday's liftoff.
Mike Leinbach, space shuttle launch director, said they are right on
their timeline with no issues in work. He gave credit to the hard work
of the processing teams preparing the shuttle for launch.
Discovery's crew of seven astronauts arrived in Florida on Friday and
have been going through final checklists and preparations for Tuesday's
Discovery is scheduled to return to Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility
at 4:47 a.m. Nov. 6.
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+ Harmony Node 2
+ Space Shuttle Discovery
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