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Scrubbed ’till Tuesday

Nasa have decided that there is ‘no chance of clear weather’ for the launch of Discovery today. There will now be a 48hr stand-down for another attempt again on Tuesday giving the crew and other tam members time to rest.

The crew of Discovery are being helped out of the obiter now.

Third time lucky we hope!

Matt

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Crew on their way to the pad.

The crew of Discovery STS-121 are now on their way to the launch pad and should be baording within the next 25 minutes.

Commander Lindsey has just received an updated weather briefing, launch is still looking unlikely due to the weather.

Matt

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All fueled up

Discovery’s fuel tanks have been filled with the 500,000 gallons super-cold cryogenic liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. The total tanking time was just short of three hours.

Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer, forecasts a 70-percent chance of weather prohibiting a launch this afternoon due to thunderstorms and anvil clouds.

If the launch is scrubed again today due to weather, mission managers will meet later to decide if they want to make a third consecutive launch attempt or stand down for one day and try again on Tuesday.

Matt

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Launch unlikely

Latest news from Florida is that the Shuttle launch is unlikely for today. Weather monitoring says that there is only a 30% chance that the weather will allow for a launch. If Discovery can’t launch today it will be Tuesday before they can try again!

Matt

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Countdown restarted

The launch coundown for the Shuttle Discovery on STS-121 has restarted. Nasa are looking for a launch window that opens up at 19:26 GMT.

Nasa are hopeful for a launch but the weather forecast makes it look rather unlikely. There are a number of thunder storms in the area. However there is plenty of time for these to clear before the launch window.

Matt

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