It's official: Discovery launch set for July 13

NASA managers wrapped up a two-day flight readiness review Thursday and formally cleared the shuttle Discovery for blastoff July 13 on the first post-Columbia shuttle mission. If all goes well, the countdown will begin at 6 p.m. July 10 for a launch attempt at 3:50:47 p.m. on July 13, weather permitting.

Shuttle program manager Bill Parsons said engineers still must close out open paper work and resolve a few last-minute issues, including questions about the age and certification of an actuator that drives the shuttle’s body flap.

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btw someone is looking at Live 8

Pink Floyd after twenty years with Roger Warters

this are German Times, please at +1 hour…

Sir Ulli

and they playing the Seti Song

is there anybody out there


Sir Ulli

Two Days Away From Launch

Image above: At the Shuttle Landing Facility on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, STS-114 Pilot James Kelly and Mission Commander Eileen Collins join support personnel after completing practice runs on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). Image credit: NASA/KSC

Sir Ulli

One of my friends here at work is going down to visit his family for a few days in Orlando and expects to be there in time to see the shuttle launch. He says he can just plop a chair down in the cul-de-sac of the street as they have a clear view of the launch from there.

I’m a bit jealous… I’ve only watched one launch, that was on TV, and it was the Challenger shuttle on its final flight.

(Sneaking in the back door and raiding the beer fridge…hehehehehe) :chuckle:

Ben, I hope he gets to see it! I’m just glad that the Shuttles are flying once again!!! :Orbit:

:wave: How has everyone been? Sorry I have been soooo inactive on the boards. Been crunching the whole time though :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA flight controllers scrubbed the planned launch of the space shuttle Discovery today due to a glitch with the orbiter’s external tank.


Safety ist going first

Sir Ulli

help is required

Cu Ulli

NASA: Space Shuttle Discovery to Launch July 26

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA will restart the countdown for the space shuttle Discovery Saturday, with plans to launch the orbiter spaceward on July 26 after more than week of work to pin down a fuel sensor glitch, mission managers said late Wednesday.

“Right now we think we have eliminated all the common causes,” shuttle program manager Bill Parsons said of the glitch during a press briefing here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). “We believe we’ve done everything we possible could on the vehicle.”

Discovery’s STS-114 mission, NASA’s first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster, is now set to launch at 10:39 a.m. EDT (1439 GMT) on July 26.

Fingers crossed, that all goes well this time

Sir Ulli

16:00 Hours left until start

hope all goes well this time

and a remember

“I am convinced that human flight is possible and practical.”
– Wilbur Wright, 1899

Sir Ulli

04:00 Hours left

Go Discovery Go 8)

Sir Ulli

Fuel Sensor problems have not resurfaced :slight_smile:

Already got NASA TV running on media player :smiley:

Good Luck Discovery!!

A successfull launch by the looks of things, even though I’m not American I always fill with a sense of pride and awe when watching the space shuttle launches.

Amazing, I want one for crimble:nod:

Good luck to all aboard, may you have a safe flight and sucessfull mission.

that was amazing Pictures, and a good stage for the ISS

when i look at this, the Discovery needs to go to Space

2 Million Lites of fuel :eek:

so the future of Space is to go from Space…

we have 58 Years for the next Step

Zefram Cochrane bringing faster-than-light travel technology to humanity

Sir Ulli

Saw that this morning, I hope it’s nothing serious.

Well, if anything goes wrong, they are equipped for 50~60 days and can find refuge at the space station.

Lift off

Shuttle Discovery Reaches Orbit

After two scrubbed attempts, Discovery shot spaceward at 2:37:55 p.m. EDT (1837:55 GMT) from Pad 39B here at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The launch marked NASA’s first-ever shuttle flight to leave Earth on Independence Day.

Sir Ulli

Go figure I was working ;(

I must stop drinking. I lost almost an entire year there :confused:


Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum successfully completed STS-121’s first spacewalk at 4:49 p.m. EDT today. The excursion outside Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station featured two major scheduled tasks.

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regards from Germany
Sir Ulli

Lift off

Casting Off: Shuttle Discovery Undocks from Space Station

HOUSTON – Six NASA astronauts began their homeward trek Saturday as their Discovery orbiter cast off from the International Space Station (ISS) following eight days of orbital work.

Discovery’s STS-121 astronauts took some final parting snapshots before they shut the hatches linking their spacecraft to the ISS at about 4:00 a.m. EDT (0800 GMT).

Discovery is slated to land in Cape Canaveral, Florida at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on July 17 at about 9:14 a.m. EDT (1314 GMT).

so look ar your local TV-Programme

CEST = GMT + 02:00 (Central Europe Daylight / Summer Time)

regards from Germany
Sir Ulli