Mon, Jul 31, 2006
Will Try Again Monday Night
It is one of the oldest and most storied of NASA
traditions... watching the next space vehicle destined to be sent
into orbit make the long, slow trip from the Vehicle Assembly
Building at Florida's Kennedy Space Center to the launch pad.
The shuttle Atlantis was due to make that trip Sunday... but
NASA has announced the trip has been delayed, due to heavy rain and
lightning in the vicinity. NASA reports it will try again Monday
night, at approximately 10:00 pm EDT.
Atlantis is scheduled to liftoff from JSC sometime between
August 27 and September 13, on the first scheduled trip in the
aftermath of the 2003 loss of Columbia to resume construction on
the International Space Station. During their 11 days in space, the
crew onboard Atlantis for STS-115 will install the integrated P3/P4
truss segment -- that also includes two large solar arrays that
will provide one-fourth of the total power generation capability of
the completed station.
The trip was made possible by the efforts of the most recent
shuttle crew, aboard Discovery... who repaired a rail-mounted cargo
container, a needed component for any further construction
The STS-115 crew consists of Commander Brent W. Jett, Jr., Pilot
Christopher J. Ferguson and Mission Specialists Heidemarie M.
Stefanyshyn-Piper, Joseph R. Tanner, Daniel C. Burbank and Canadian
Space Agency astronaut Steven G. MacLean.
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