Discovery Launch looking unlikely?

[singlepic=64,200,150,,right]Weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center are not looking too good, so the planned launch for today is looking unlikely, although Nasa are keen to launch if they can.

Discovery was moved to the launch pad in May, and cleared for lunch on 1st July amidst safety fears from senior safety officials that it was not safe to fly.

Nasa played down the concerns at a news conference on the 17th June, and Michael Griffin (Nasa administrator) said “I can’t possibly accept every recommendation given to me by every member of my staff, especially when they all don’t agree.”

So if the weather permits, Discovery is scheduled for a launch at 1549 EDT (1949 GMT) today, but it does have a 19-day window in the event of bad weather or for any other unforeseen problem.

Related Links:
Discovery Countdown Begins
Discovery Launch set for 1st July
Space Shuttle Discovery Team Arrivs
Shuttle approved for launch
Nasa Shuttle Web-site
NASA’s Launch Blog – Mission STS-121

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