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July 13, 2009

Next Launch Attempt Wed 7-15

The weather in Florida is just not playing nice. Once again, STS-127 has been delayed. NASA managers decided to skip Tuesday (with only a 40 percent chance) and try again Wednesday at 6:03 PM EDT. Unless the Russians decide to delay the Progress launch (scheduled for Friday, 7-24), the shuttle mission will need to be shortened a day to make room for the Progress to dock. The Progress can only hang around in orbit for 5 days, so it has to dock by July 29.

Sigh. It's never easy. Crews are used to waiting, but these delays must be frustrating for them and their families, as well as costing NASA extra money. Let's hope Wednesday will see this shuttle take flight!

Marianne Dyson
NSS Advisor

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Posted by m_dyson at July 13, 2009 07:52 PM



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