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NASA fuels Discovery for flight to space station

 Space shuttle Discovery stands ready at pad39a in the early morning hours before a scheduled evening launch at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral...
 Space shuttle Discovery stands ready on the launchpad in the early morning hours before a scheduled evening launch at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Ca...

Space Shuttle

Space shuttle Discovery stands ready at pad39a in the early morning hours before a scheduled evening launch at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral...

Space Shuttle

Space shuttle Discovery stands ready on the launchpad in the early morning hours before a scheduled evening launch at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Ca...

NASA is fueling space shuttle Discovery for a night flight to the international space station.
Forecasters expect ideal weather as well as a rising full moon for the 9:20 p.m. (0120 GMT) launch. The seven astronauts assigned to the two-week flight are up and getting ready for the big night.
Discovery is a month late in its mission to deliver the final set of solar wings to the space station. Liftoff originally was scheduled for mid-February, but concern about the shuttle's hydrogen gas valves resulted in four delays.
NASA officials say they're convinced the three valves aboard Discovery are safe to fly and won't break like one did during the last shuttle launch in November.


Updated : 2021-04-14 19:27 GMT+08:00