NASA: Discovery to launch late Friday

[PeterPaul.ca] — Space shuttle Discovery will lift-off from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 11:59 p.m. Friday, two days after the second attempt at launch was scrubbed due to a valve problem, NASA said Thursday.

“The Mission Management Team [MMT] has concluded with the decision to target launch for Friday, Aug. 28 at 11:59 p.m. instead of 12:22 a.m. Friday morning,” NASA’s website said.

“The additional time will allow teams to plan in case they see the same reading that happened with the liquid hydrogen fill and drain valve that caused Tuesday afternoon’s launch scrub during tanking,” NASA said.

The MMT is set to meet Friday afternoon to review any outstanding issues prior to launch.

STS-128 Launch Director Pete Nickolenko said “In essence, we’re ready to go.”

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