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Sat, Oct 30, 2010

Discovery Launch Delayed To At Least Tuesday

Helium And Nitrogen Leaks Prompt The Move

The launch of space shuttle Discovery is now targeted for Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 1617 EDT.

Managers are meeting to discuss the plan to repair helium and nitrogen leaks in the pressurization portion of space shuttle Discovery's right-hand Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) pod. The leaks must be fixed before launch and the decision was made to delay picking up the launch countdown by at least a day.

Since the scheduled launch day fell close to (now on) election day, NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding said the launch team members has been encouraged to take advantage of early voting or absentee ballot options so they could take part in the elections.

During space shuttle Discovery's final spaceflight, the STS-133 crew members will take important spare parts to the International Space Station along with the Express Logistics Carrier-4.

FMI: www.nasa.gov

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