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July 04, 2006

Launch on for 2:38pm, Weather is 80% Go

The Space Shuttle Discovery is now scheduled to launch today, July 4, at 2:38 pm Eastern time. This follows two scrubbed launches over the weekend due to weather, and intense discussion on Monday about a
broken foam fragment that was discovered during a routine inspection on Sunday night.

As of late Monday night, mission managers had decided to go for launch today, marking what would be the first US launch of astronauts on Independence Day!

This unprecedented human launch on Independence Day
represents a great opportunity for the space

As the country honors our heroes and celebrates
America at parades and barbeques nationwide,
everyone will be paying attention to the launch of
the shuttle.

This will be a tremendous opportunity to get our
message out about the importance of human
spaceflight, so today we all need to step up as
active ambassadors for space.

Regardless of political affiliation, regardless of
space policy leaning, the first launch of astronauts
on Independence Day is a moment to connect with
other Americans about their inspiration for space

Today is the day to emphasize that our space
exploration efforts represent the best of America,
and that there is much more to come.

So, NSS members and all members of the space
community -- Bring a radio to the parades you
will watch, to share the excitement of the
countdown. Organize viewing parties at the
BBQs that are already planning to attend. You
might even call your local TV news station
and say that you are available for an interview
about the launch. Whatever you do, it will make a
difference, on a very special day for space.

Posted by george_whitesides at July 4, 2006 08:28 AM



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