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NASA Sets Official STS-134 Launch Date


NASA managers set the official launch date for space shuttle Endeavour’s mission to the International Space Station. STS-134 is scheduled to launch at 3:47 p.m. EDT on April 29.

The decision was made at the Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, a day-long meeting at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


NASA managers held a news conference following the FRR and discussed the mission.

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Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Space Operations

(:06)  We set Friday, April 29th at 3:47 PM as the launch time for the mission.
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(:15)  I think the thing that impressed me the most is that the team is still continuing to really work issues and look at the vehicle performance on each and every flight just like they would on any normal mission.

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Mike Moses, Space Shuttle Program Launch Integration Manager

(:15)  This is going to be a very complex choreography, a lot of small tasks that all have to go when they’re supposed to or they have to ripple down and find new homes which makes it a big challenge for the mission operations team and they have a good plan with a lot of back ups in it to be able to handle that. 
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(:10)  We’re going to lift off with a 14 day planned mission, we have two extension days in addition to the two weather and systems wave-off days we keep for deorbit/landing contingencies. 

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Mike Leinbach, Shuttle Launch Director

(:12)  A good, easy launch countdown, a standard countdown for us.  We do have a little bit of an O2 offload after PRSD load, but we hope to get to the opening of the launch window Friday the 29th at 15:42 Eastern Time. 
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