Mon, 04 Apr 2011 09:08:41 -0500
Following discussions among the International Space Station partners on Sunday, NASA has targeted the launch of space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 mission for 3:47 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 29.
The delay removes a scheduling conflict with a Russian Progress supply vehicle scheduled to launch April 27 and arrive at the station April 29. NASA managers will hold a Flight Readiness Review on Tuesday, April 19, to assess the team’s readiness to support launch. An official launch date will be selected at the conclusion of the meeting. Only minor damage to space shuttle Endeavour’s external fuel tank foam was identified during detailed inspections Saturday by technicians and engineers on Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Evaluations indicate there was no damage to the spacecraft.
Teams were assessing any possible damage from severe storms that hit Kennedy on Wednesday and Thursday. Today, workers at the pad will continue closeouts in Endeavour’s aft section and will load hydrazine into the shuttle’s hydraulic power unit.