Fri, Apr 02, 2010
Crew Is In Florida, Countdown Begins Friday
At Thursday morning's STS-131 countdown status briefing,
everything was reported "go," pointing toward space shuttle
Discovery's liftoff on Monday. Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy
Winters gave an 80 percent chance of an on-time launch, with the
only potential issues being a slight chance of a few clouds or
early morning fog.
NASA Test Director Jeremy Graeber reported that since arriving
in Florida this morning, the astronauts had conducted a payload
inspection at the pad, and the launch team was in final preparation
and looking forward to the beginning of the countdown, which begins
at 0300 EDT tomorrow.
Discovery's seven astronauts arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space
Center this morning, touching down on Shuttle Landing Facility's
runway at 6:53 a.m. in a modified Gulfstream II jet.
In brief remarks before leaving the runway, Commander Alan
Poindexter said that the crew is very happy to be at Kennedy,
adding, "We had a short flyby of the pad and saw the good ship
Discovery out there and it looks great and we're ready to go."
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