Archive - May 28, 2008 - Story
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. â€" NASA's space shuttle Discovery is on track to launch Saturday to deliver the space station's largest laboratory and some spare parts for the outpost's commode, mission managers said today.
Discovery and its seven-astronaut crew have an 80 percent chance of good weather for their planned 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT) liftoff, mission managers said today here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The STS-124 astronauts are slated to install the tour bus-sized Japanese Kibo laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS).
Discovery's crew, commanded by veteran spaceflyer Mark Kelly, flew in to sunny skies here at the Florida spaceport today. They arrived on T-38 jets from Houston around 12:00 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT).
Astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS) need help from an orbital plumber to fix their troublesome space commode.
The solitary Russian-built toilet inside the station's Zvezda service module began acting up last week, forcing U.S. astronaut Garrett Reisman and his two Russian crewmates to use facilities aboard their docked Soyuz spacecraft before restoring the commode to partial service. Spare parts for the balky space toilet are set to launch aboard NASA's shuttle Discovery on Saturday.
"We are working with the Russians to see what spare parts they'd like us to launch," space station flight director Annette Hasbrook told SPACE.com.
HOUSTON -- NASA Thursday adjusted the target launch dates for two space shuttle missions in 2008. Shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope is now targeted for Oct. 8, and Endeavour's STS-126 supply mission to the International Space Station has moved from Oct. 16 to Nov. 10.
The final servicing mission to Hubble was moved from Aug. 28 due to a delay in deliveries of components, including the external fuel tanks, and the need to prepare Endeavour for a possible rescue mission approximately two weeks after STS-125 launches.
Flights beyond STS-126 will be assessed and coordinated with NASA's international partners at a later date. Both shuttle and station program officials will continue to consider options for the remainder of the shuttle flights, with those target launch dates being subject to change.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- News conferences, events and operating hours for the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are set for the upcoming launch of space shuttle Discovery. Shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to lift off at 5:02 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 31.
On Wednesday, May 28, Discovery's seven crew members are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy at 11:30 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage as Commander Mark Kelly makes a brief statement to media. Badged journalists planning to cover the event must be at Kennedy's news center by 10 a.m. for transportation to the Shuttle Landing Facility.
NASA will hold a briefing at 11 a.m. EDT, Friday, May 30, to discuss new opportunities to use the International Space Station's unique research environment. The briefing will originate from NASA's Kennedy Space Center and be broadcast live on NASA Television.
As part of an initiative to use the space station as a national laboratory, NASA is partnering with other government agencies and the commercial sector to utilize the U.S. segment for research that is not directly applicable to NASA's mission. NASA signed agreements with the University of Colorado's Bioserve Center of Boulder on May 9 and with SPACEHAB of Webster, Tx., and Zero Gravity Inc. of Las Vegas on May 27.