Fri, Jun 30, 2006
ANN REALTIME UPDATE
06.30.06 1500 EDT -- With storm clouds gathering, the official word
from NASA is that Saturday's launch of the space shuttle Discovery
remains on as planned.
The countdown for the Discovery launch is currently in a
built-in hold at the 11-hour mark, with the countdown scheduled to
resume at 10:53 pm. The launch control team members are in Firing
Room 4 of the Launch Control Center monitoring the system
Launch remains scheduled for 3:49 pm Saturday.
The STS-121 crew is relaxing and reviewing flight data files
today. They will go to sleep at 8:15 pm at the Kennedy Space
Center, and will be awakened at 5:15 am Saturday to begin final
Meanwhile, at Launch Pad 39B, preparations continue for the
launch. Fuel cell reactants were loaded Thursday night after a
three-hour delay caused by lightning at the Kennedy Space Center.
Crew module provisions are being stowed, and pad closeouts are
under way. The rollback of the Rotating Service Structure is
scheduled for 7 pm Friday night.
Despite the routine preparations, however, the prognosis for a
Saturday launch does not look ideal. US Air Force weather officers
are still forecasting a 60-percent chance of weather prohibiting
the launch attempt, with the primary weather concerns being anvil
clouds from inland thunderstorms and thundershowers within 20
nautical miles of the Shuttle Landing Facility.
If the launch is delayed Saturday, another attempt will be made
Sunday afternoon... but the forecast isn't much better then,
either. If the launch is bumped from Sunday, the next attempt would
be made Tuesday, July 4.
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