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July 21, 2005

NASA plans launch for Tuesday, July 26

Mark your calendars. The latest launch date for the Space Shuttle Discovery is now Tuesday, July 26, at 10:39 AM, Eastern US time.

The countdown will begin on Saturday. NASA has outlined a series of steps, tests, and backup plans that its got in store. Read about them in this press release.

Apparently the agency will try a full tank test early Tuesday morning. If all goes well, then it will seek to launch that day. If not, NASA has identified several other launch opportunities before the current launch window closes on July 31.

NASA is also looking into extending the launch window by a few days.

[Also see this report from Tariq Malik at]

Posted by george_whitesides at July 21, 2005 05:12 AM



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