Archive - Jul 13, 2009 - Story
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:53:38 PM CDT
Liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-127 mission has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 15 at 6:03 p.m. EDT.
Today's attempt was canceled due to poor weather conditions within the launch area at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Anvil clouds and storm cells containing lightning flared up toward the end of the countdown, violating stringent launch safety rules.
A postponement briefing will air live on NASA Television at 8 p.m. EDT this evening. The participants will be Launch Integration Manager Mike Moses and STS-127 Shuttle Launch Director Pete Nickolenko. Watch it live at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
The ISS Progress 33 cargo craft's rendezvous with the station Sunday was successful. The Progress had undocked from the Pirs docking compartment June 30 and performed a retrograde burn placing the spacecraft into a parking orbit. Another burn on Saturday set up the Progress for its final rendezvous with the station on Sunday. The supply ship approached the Zvezda service module to test new automated rendezvous equipment mounted on Zvezda during a pair of spacewalks in June. This equipment will be used to guide the new Mini-Research Module-2 (MRM2) to an unpiloted docking to the zenith port of Zvezda later this year. MRM2 will serve as a new docking port for Russian spacecraft and an additional airlock for spacewalks conducted out of the Russian segment.