Monday, August 24, 2009

Discovery Fueling begins at 4:20 pm ET Today

NASA is just hours away from the launch of space shuttle Discovery at 1:36:04 am EDT tomorrow morning. Discovery's external tank (above, at 8AM EDT) will begin receiving nearly 500,000 gallons of cryogenic fuels at 4:20 pm.

The flight crew of commander Rick Sturckow, pilot Kevin Ford and mission specialists Jose Hernandez, Patrick Forrester, John "Danny" Olivas, Christer Fuglesang (European Space Agency) and Nicole Stott will be awoken shortly at 2:11 pm to begin their launch day activities.

Weather looks great for launch overnight tonight.

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