Mon, May 02, 2005
Collins: "I Truly Believe We've Made The Right Decision"
Earthbound for at least two more months, you'd think STS-114
Commander Eileen Collins would be disappointed. Nope.
"I truly believe we've made the right decision in going to
July," Collins told Florida Today. "It's going to give the teams
more time to prepare. And like anything in life, the longer you
prepare for something, the better it's going to be. We want this
mission to be very, very successful."
As ANN reported late last week, the launch of
Discovery -- NASA's first shuttle mission since Columbia
disintegrated during re-entry two years ago -- was delayed from the
May-June window until at least July. Engineers are
dealing with redesign and safety issues that remain after the
shuttle's external fuel tank was redesigned to prevent debris
falling from the tank and impacting the orbiter itself. It was just
such a scenario that investigators say caused the destruction of
Discovery now won't launch until at least July 13th. The shuttle
will now be trucked back to the Vehicle Assembly Building at
Kennedy Space Center. There's no date set for rolling the shuttle
back to Launch Pad 39B.
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