[sarex] Space Shuttle Discovery is Ready
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Mon Oct 22 12:33:40 PDT 2007
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*Space Shuttle Discovery is Ready; Weather Remains a Concern*
22 October 2007
The countdown to launch of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-120
mission is proceeding smoothly at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in
Florida, NASA Test Director Steve Payne announced at this morning's
countdown status briefing.
"At this point in the count, we're on schedule, our systems are all good
and we're in great shape," Payne said, adding that the launch team is
not tracking any technical issues.
Above: Space shuttle Discovery stands at Launch Pad 39A, where it is
undergoing final preparations for launch on the STS-120 mission. The
shuttle is protected by the pad's rotating service structure. Image
credit: NASA TV
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However, the weather forecast for Tuesday continues to pose a threat to
NASA's launch plans. Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters reported that
the seabreeze could begin developing by the 11:38 a.m. EDT launch time.
There is a 60-percent chance that cumulus clouds, showers and a low
cloud ceiling could keep Discovery grounded.
Because launch times are earlier each day, the forecast improves
slightly for Wednesday and Thursday, with a 40-percent probability of
weather prohibiting liftoff.
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.
+ STS-120 Mission Overview
+ Harmony Node 2
+ Space Shuttle Discovery
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