Shuttle News: August 2009 Archives

STS-128 Mission Underway

NASA STS-128 MCC Status Report #0111:30 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 28, 2009

"Space shuttle Discovery turned midnight into noon along the central Florida coast with launch at 10:59 p.m. CDT (11:59 p.m. EDT) beginning its 37th mission - a flight to deliver supplies and research facilities to the International Space Station and its six-person crew. Commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Kevin Ford and Mission Specialists Pat Forrester, Jose Hernandez, Danny Olivas, Nicole Stott and Christer Fuglesang representing the European Space Agency reached orbit eight and a half minutes later as the space station flew 225 miles up, southwest of Tasmania."

Space Shuttle Discovery is in Orbit and is Chasing the Space Station

"After flying up on Discovery, Nicole Stott will trade places with station resident Tim Kopra, who went into space last month aboard Endeavour. Equipment and science racks for the orbiting laboratory are riding inside the Leonardo cargo module, which is secured tightly inside Discovery's payload bay."

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STS-128 Update

STS-128 Update: Mission Managers to Meet Today at Noon

"The testing of the liquid hydrogen fill and drain valve in shuttle Discovery's main propulsion system is complete. The valve and its position indicator both operated normally during yesterday's testing. And all leak checks were within specification. The evaluation of the low-level hydrogen leak detected in a tail service mast on the mobile launcher platform on Launch Pad 39A following Tuesday's launch scrub is complete, and no leaks were detected. All the test data will be brought to the mission management team for review at the noon EDT meeting. Mission managers also are scheduled to meet at 2:15 p.m. to give the "Go - No Go" for tanking."

Hydrogen valve in Discovery scrubs tonight's launch, SpaceflightNow

"Trouble with a critical hydrogen fill-and-drain valve in the shuttle Discovery's aft engine compartment forced NASA managers to call off an attempt to launch the orbiter early Wednesday on a space station resupply mission. It was the second delay in a row for Discovery following a weather scrub earlier Tuesday."

Live launch webcast coverage with Miles O'Brien, Leroy Chiao, and David Waters



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