UK Today News: Space Shuttle Discovery Ready For Wednesday Launch, Says NASA
Space shuttle Discovery is reportedly ready for its launch on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. The space shuttle’s minor leaking points, which were emitting helium and nitrogen, have been repaired.
Reports state that the leakage points were discovered at the right orbital maneuvering system pod of Discovery. The launch had already been postponed by two days and further dragging of the launch date was not possible.
Steve Payne, the test director of NASA said, “Work is on schedule. We completed flight pressurization all went well. That is behind us now.”
The Discovery space shuttle will be on its eleven day mission from Wednesday, that includes critical spare parts hauling to the space station. This space shuttle was built in the early 1980s and its last flight will be the 133rd shuttle mission of NASA next year.
Talking about Discovery, Payne told the media, “She’s been an incredible vehicle. She’s always amazed us with everything she can do, and we expect this flight will be no different.”
The three of the remaining NASA space shuttles Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour would be withdrawn next year.
Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch at 3:52 p.m. EDT on Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.