First ESA long-duration mission onboard the ISS given 1 July start

17 June 2006
ESA PR 18-2006. With NASA’s announcement today of the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on 1 July, ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter, from Germany, is set to spend six to seven months in space as a member of the permanent crew of the International Space Station.

Discovery is now scheduled to lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 21:48 CEST (19:48 GMT). Docking with the ISS is scheduled for the third day of the mission.

fingers crossed that all goes well

regards from Germany
Sir Ulli