The crew is on station at Kennedy
Space Center in Florida, in preparation for a scheduled Wednesday
return to flight. The Space Shuttle Discovery Crew arrived 1830 EDT
Saturday on a Gulfstream Jet from Johnson Space Center in
The crew arrived a day early to avoid any hurricane related
delays. The launch is scheduled for 1551 EDT on Wednesday July
13th. Preparations for the launch continue at Launch Pad 39B.
The vehicle was powered up and ordance connections are complete.
The aft compartment closeout is complete. In the launch control
center firing room three, countdown preparations are nearly
Countdown begins at 1800 EDT on Sunday, at T-43 hours.
The Solid Rocket Booster retrieval ships Liberty Star and
Freedom Star plan to depart from KSC at noon Tuesday to travel
about 140 nautical miles downrange of the launch pad.