Monday, June 15, 2009

Next Launch Attempt for Endeavour

Space shuttle Endeavour will bump its way into the Cape Canaveral launch lineup and target a 5:40 a.m. EDT liftoff Wednesday, NASA officials decided today. That means the Atlas 5 rocket originally scheduled to launch at that day carrying two Moon-bound science satellites will be pushed back.

Both launches face Saturday deadlines due to the lunar launch window closing and thermal constraints on Endeavour's orbit with the space station.

NASA will hold a news conference from the Kennedy Space Center at 3 p.m. EDT today.


Steve Jeffery said...

Hi Damaris,

Thanks for the update. Could you explain the "thermal constraints on Endeavour's orbit with the space station" you refer to?


Christopher Lusardi said...

The shuttle beat LRO/LCROSS to the launch pad! The winning logic probably was that if the shuttle went first there would be 3 attempts possible versus 2 if LRO/LCROSS went first instead.

I hope everything goes well for both launchs since they are both very important missions.

Christopher Lusardi said...

The 3 attempts versus 2 has something to do with Atlantis requiring a 2 day turn around while LRO/LCROSS a only a day turn around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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