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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 1, 2005 13:57:52 GMT -6
It's `go' for Discovery, and NASA claps in joy
During a two-day readiness review at Kennedy Space Center, shuttle program officials identified no major issues likely to threaten Discovery's return to flight. Liftoff on July 13 is scheduled for a five-minute window opening at 3:51 p.m.
NASA managers described the decision to set a date as an emotional moment ending a 2 1/2-year launch hiatus after the 2003 Columbia accident.
Discovery's countdown is to begin at 6 p.m. July 10. The mission's seven astronauts, commanded by retired Air Force Col. Eileen Collins, are scheduled to arrive at Cape Canaveral that morning.
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