Thursday, August 27, 2009

Countdown resumes for Discovery launch

The countdown resumed this morning at Kennedy Space Center where space shuttle Discovery is targeting a 12:22 a.m. Friday launch attempt.

Mission managers are scheduled to meet at 2:15 p.m. to review data from last night's propulsion system valve tests and decide whether to "go" for tanking.

If they give the go-ahead, fueling will start around 3 p.m.

The seven astronauts are scheduled to wake up at 1:30 p.m. to begin their launch day preparations.

The weather forecast now calls for an 80 percent chance that weather will be OK for fueling, and a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions for launch.

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