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Why the first launch attempt of Discovery was scrubbed Tuesday morning

Published by Matt on Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:22 pm via: source
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Xenon lights over Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida compete with the lightning strike seen to the left. Space shuttle Discovery is on the pad waiting for a scheduled liftoff on the STS-128 mission.

Launch was scrubbed due to the weather conditions that violated the limitations for liftoff. Another launch attempt was scheduled for 1:10 a.m. Aug. 26. Discovery’s 13-day mission will deliver more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station. The equipment includes a freezer to store research samples, a new sleeping compartment and the COLBERT treadmill. The mission is the 128th in the Space Shuttle Program, the 37th flight of Discovery and the 30th station assembly flight.

Space shuttle Discovery on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Credit: NASA/Ben Cooper

Space shuttle Discovery on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Credit: NASA/Ben Cooper

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