Monday, May 16, 2011

Tile repair on Endeavour complete; launch nears

Shuttle Endeavour sits poised awaiting her lift-off today. (NASA)

The launch countdown for NASA's 134th space shuttle flight remains on schedule this morning.

The only issue of concern was some slight scarring of a black tile which sits on the hatch perimeter of shuttle Endeavour at 7:00 a.m. EDT, after the shuttle's hatch was closed.

A silicone puddy was applied by the close out crew to the damaged area ten minutes after the discovery, and the tile (right) was then cleared for flight.

Low clouds and cross winds are being watched by Cape Weather officer Kathy Winters and her team as the minutes close toward an on time launch at 8:56:28 a.m.

A forty minute built in hold at T-9 minutes will begin at 8:07 a.m.

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