Wednesday, August 19, 2009

STS-128 Launch Set for 8/25, 0536 UTC

The Discovery launch target is early morning on August 25, less than a week from today.

NASA has determined after study of the foam shedding problems on the External Tank that the vehicle is safe to fly. One open issue remains, but the electronic unit involved has been replaced and tested, and the issue will most likely close on the 23rd.

This is another mission to the ISS. It will last 13 days and deliver equipment and supplies.

Participants are:

CDR: Rick Sturckow
PLT: Kevin Ford
MS: Pat Forrester, Jose Hernandez, Danny Olivas, Christer Fuglesang (ESA)
ISS Crew: Nicole Stott.

Stott is replacing Tim Kopra, who is finishing his ISS mission. He will return home on Discovery.