Monday, February 21, 2011

Countdown clock ticking away for Discovery launch on Thursday.

       It is action once again at the Kennedy Space Centre for the Discovery launch on Thursday at 4.50 p.m. (est) which approximately will be in the early hours of Friday in India. Brring any techinal glitches or weather related issues Discovery will hopefully roar off the launch pad in its final mission. ``Beyond Moon and Mars,'' will try and watch the lift off on Nasa TV

     At the time of writing this blog, the countdown clock on the Nasa website said that the launch was two days 17 hours and 33 minutes away. When it is T-43 hours, various checks will be initiated. This launch is arousing a lot of interest because it got delayed by two-and-a-half months because of cracks in the shuttle's external tank and weather problems. Right now the launch team must be keeping its fingers crossed and praying that it should be a hazzle-free mission. Let us wait and watch what happens.

     A Nasa press release issued on February 22 says that the countdown for Discovery’s launch on the STS-133 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is under way. The count began on-time at 3 p.m. EST with the team at NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Control Center not working any significant issues. The weather forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time, says Nasa.

   Countdown clocks are ticking backward from the T-43 hour point. With seven holds built in, the countdown will lead to the scheduled launch of Discovery at 4:50 p.m.on Thursday, Feb. 24.

   According to Nasa the shuttle is in good shape, test Director Jeff Spaulding said on Monday morning. This mission is slated to be Discovery's last flight into space. The spacecraft has gone into orbit 38 times before. Discovery launched its first mission Aug. 30, 1984.

   Thursday promises to be an important day for the ISS because again if things go on schedule, then European Space Agency's unmanned spacecraft, ``Johannes Kepler,'' will dock with the space station. It was launched on Friday with seven tonnes of cargo.

    It would have been a historic in space history because originally, Isro's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (pslv) would have also lifted off on February 24. But, it has been resked to March because certain tests have to be carried out.

    All the very best for all these missions.



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