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Countdown for Space Shuttle Mission STS-128 Resumes

Published by Matt on Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:19 pm via: source
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The countdown for the launch of space shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission is under way again. The count resumed at 8:34 a.m. EDT at the T-11 hour point with no issues being reported that could affect launch.

The Rotating Service Structure on Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A was rolled away from Discovery this morning at 6:11 a.m.

On Launch Pad 39A, workers move the Rotating Service Structure, or RSS, around space shuttle Discovery in order to replace the Tyvek covers protecting the shuttle's nose thrusters. Photo credit: NASA

Workers move the Rotating Service Structure, around Discovery in order to replace the Tyvek covers protecting the shuttle's nose thrusters. credit: NASA

NASA’s Mission Management Team plans to meet at noon to review launch preparations and determine whether teams will continue to march toward a targeted liftoff tonight at 11:59 p.m.

Weather is forecasted to be 60 percent “go” for external tank loading and 60 percent “go” for launch.

Discovery Readies for Station Resupply Flight

Space shuttle Discovery will carry the Leonardo supply module to the International Space Station during STS-128, along with a new crew member for the station, Nicole Stott.

Commanded by veteran astronaut Rick “C.J.” Sturckow, the STS-128 mission crew will deliver refrigerator-sized racks full of equipment, including the COLBERT treadmill, an exercise device named after comedian Stephen Colbert.

Stott will take the place of Tim Kopra, who moved into the station during STS-127. Pilot Kevin Ford and Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester, Jose Hernandez, John “Danny” Olivas and Sweden’s Christer Fuglesang round out the crew.

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