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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

1- Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128 Set For August 25th Early Morning Launch

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128
Launch Date:
Tuesday,
August 25, 2009

Launch Time:
1:36am EDT
Ready for Launch Day

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The STS-128 crew members gather on the 225-foot level of NASA Kennedy Space Center's fixed service structure.
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From left are Commander Rick Sturckow, Mission Specialists Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang, Pilot Kevin Ford and Mission Specialists Nicole Stott, Patrick Forrester and Jose Hernandez.

Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Taken August 7, 2009
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Discovery Set for August 25th Launch
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The Flight Readiness Review for Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-128 mission has concluded, setting the launch date for Tuesday, August 25th at 1:36am EDT.
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"I can't say enough about the quality of the review we had over the past day and a half," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, during a post-FRR news conference Wednesday morning. "It was a very effective review; I think we're ready to go fly. It's a real tribute to be here with the team that's done a great job with engineering, the (Kennedy) team that's gotten us this far in processing."
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"I think the largest hurdles are behind us," said STS-128 Launch Director Pete Nickolenko. "The teams are in great shape to make this launch attempt on the 25th."
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Because of inclement weather between Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center, Discovery's seven astronauts plan to arrive at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility in a NASA Shuttle Training Aircraft instead of T-38 aircrafts at 6:30 p.m.
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The arrival at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility will be carried live on NASA TV at
www.nasa.gov/ntv .
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(Here’s a little about this upcoming mission)
Discovery Readies for Station Resupply Flight
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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.
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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.
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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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Above info and image from the NASA.gov website
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I’ll get us up-to-date over the weekend
AubreyJ.........

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