NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1)
Payload: Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: July 26, 2005 at 10:39 a.m. EDT
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
Space Shuttle Discovery is at Launch Pad 39B undergoing final inspections and preparations for tomorrow's Return to Flight launch attempt at 10:39 a.m. to the International Space Station. The countdown clock is in a scheduled built-in hold at T-11 hours (Time Minus 11 hours) and will pick up at 5:44 p.m. EDT tonight.
Loading of the Power Reactant Storage Distribution system is complete. This is the operation where the liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen for the fuel cells is loaded on Discovery. The fuel cells provide power to the electrical systems while the Shuttle is in orbit. The byproduct is drinking water. The Rotating Service Structure will be rotated away from Discovery this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in preparation for launch.
The STS-114 crew arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Friday. Since Friday, Commander Eileen Collins and Pilot Jim Kelly have been practicing orbiter approaches and landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft. The crew is scheduled to wake up just after midnight tonight and will leave Crew Quarters for the launch pad at 6:49 a.m. tomorrow.
Solid Rocket Booster retrieval ships Liberty Star and Freedom Star departed from KSC yesterday and are traveling to their location for launch, about 140 nautical miles downrange of the launch pad.
Today, the L-1 day weather forecast shows that the probability of weather prohibiting the launch of Discovery is 40 percent, with the probability of weather prohibiting tanking at only five percent. Temperature at launch time is forecast at 84 degrees and a relative humidity of 77 percent.
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