Thursday, February 05, 2009

Busy Work Day inside Discovery's Tail

Engineers and technicians are spending another day in the aft section of the space shuttle Discovery this morning as they inspect and repair damaged wiring in time for a possible launch late this month.

Up to the Minute recorded the image above at 8:01 am ET this morning, of Discovery as she sat surrounded by the rotating service structure on launch pad 39-A here at the Kennedy Space Center.

A planning target launch date of February 19th will be confirmed in one week following a readiness review.

Work on the electrical wire repair and inspection of a suspect liquid hydrogen control valve in the main engine section of Discovery. One of the three valves has a small crack on the leading edge, and testing is in work out to see if it will perform during the ascent. 

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