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STS-118 Launch Countdown is Under Way

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Aug 6, 2007 2:55 pm
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Launch Date: Aug. 8
Launch Time: 6:36 p.m. EDT

With two days remaining until launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, work is progressing smoothly, launch officials stated this morning during a briefing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

“Work continues to go well,” said NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding. “At this point, we are on schedule and are tracking no significant issues.”

The countdown began on time at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. The launch pad will close at about noon today, allowing workers to begin preparations for servicing of the onboard reactant tanks for the shuttle’s three fuel cells. When that operation is complete early Wednesday morning, the pad will be reopened for initial pad closeouts and checks of the orbiter’s three main engines.

Weather is not expected to stand in the way of a Wednesday evening liftoff. Currently, there’s only a 30% chance that isolated showers or anvil clouds could prevent launch. This prediction remains the same in the event of a 24-hour delay.

The 22nd flight to the International Space Station, STS-118 will be the first flight for Endeavour since 2002, and the first mission for Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, the teacher-turned-astronaut whose association with NASA began more than 20 years ago.

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