July 19, 2005
July 26th, or 27th?
While the Washington Post article mentions a possible launch on July 26th, this NY Times article suggests it wouldn't be before the 27th. They seem to be based on the same basic plan: a tanking test on Tuesday the 26th. From the NY Times, the original designer of the sensor has come out of retirement to help figure out the problem. It also refers to the plan to put "the astronauts on the shuttle the next day and [launch]" as highly unusual, though it seems sensible. Also of interest - the launch window originally scheduled to close on July 31st may be extended up to 4 days, to the middle of the following week.
Posted by apsmith at July 19, 2005 02:55 PM