Launch preparations are under way at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
in Florida following Wednesday's successful test fueling of space
shuttle Endeavour's external tank.
Two previous attempts to launch Endeavour on the STS-127 mission
were halted by a leak in the area of the Ground Umbilical Carrier
Plate, which attaches a gaseous hydrogen vent line to the external
tank. After several days of investigation and repair work, the
massive orange tank was filled with liquid hydrogen and liquid
oxygen as controllers watched for evidence of leaks. The system
performed well, verifying the success of the repair.
"There were absolutely no leak indications whatsoever noted on
the two leak detectors," said Launch Director Pete Nickolenko.
"We'll continue to look at the data, and our next step is to move
Endeavour's astronauts are taking the holiday weekend off and
will go into quarantine Sunday evening. They are due to arrive at
Kennedy on July 7th. The countdown will officially begin Wednesday
at 2200 when clocks begin ticking backward from T-43 hours. Liftoff
is set for July 11 at 1939.