Tuesday, November 02, 2010

NASA Prepares To Unveil Discovery On Eve Of Final Flight

NASA is preparing to unveil shuttle Discovery at its Kennedy Space Center launch pad as countdown clocks tick toward the planned launch of the orbiter's 39th and final flight.

Discovery and six astronauts remain scheduled to blast off from launch pad 39A at 3:52 p.m., the middle of a 10-minute chance to put the crew on course for a rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station. The weather forecast calls for a 70 percent chance conditions will be acceptable for flight.

The Rotating Service Structure at the pad is scheduled to begin backing away from the vehicle at 7 p.m. tonight, leaving the shuttle bathing in the sunset and xenon lights.

You can watch live here in The Flame Trench. Click the NASA TV box on the right side of the page to launch our NASA TV viewer and live coverage of the RSS retraction. We'll also have live coverage of the external tank propellant-loading operation, which is set to begin at 6:27 a.m. Wednesday. And we'll also have a live broadcast from the roof of our blockhouse at the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 Press Site beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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