Astronauta Jose

NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez. Image courtesy of NASA

NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez. Image courtesy of NASA

Launch Scrubbed Due to Faulty Valve. Re-scheduled for 8/28

From NASA – STS – Launch Blog:

Join us here as we count down the final hours before space shuttle Discovery and the STS-128 crew lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on this mission to the International Space Station. Launch is targeted for Aug. 28 at 12:22 a.m. EDT.

From our blog console at Kennedy’s Launch Control Center, we’ll take you inside the countdown as launch time approaches.

Discovery’s Aug. 26 launch attempt was called off Tuesday evening after a problem developed with a liquid hydrogen fill-and-drain valve inside Discovery’s aft compartment.

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 01:29:13 AM EDT

This launch attempt has been scrubbed due to weather. Conditions just did not improve with enough time to continue the countdown. The launch team is setting up for a 24-hour scrub turnaround.

“Well, C.J., the vehicle and operations were cooperating, but weather unfortunately did not,” Launch Director Pete Nickolenko told Discovery Commander Rick “C.J.” Sturckow. “We’ll look to try again tomorrow.”

Launch is scheduled for 1:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Good. I can go to sleep then.

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 11:44:59 PM EDT

There’s been a lightning strike six miles east of Launch Pad 39A, where space shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven astronauts are awaiting launch at 1:36 a.m. tomorrow, less than two hours from now. Due to the lightning, the range now is “red” on three constraints: lightning, cumulus clouds and flight-through-precipitation.

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 11:25:59 PM EDT

The favorable weather pattern expected this evening is not coming to fruition. Instead of clearing out, storm cells keep popping up, including one right over the launch pad. The weather situation is being closely monitored, and we’ll bring you the latest as we hear it.

Mission Specialist Jose Hernandez sends out his last tweet before boarding Discovery:

Folks this is my last tweet before I go into space! Will start to suit up in 30 minutes, listen to weather brief and head to the pad!

again, en Español this time:

Mi ultimo tweet antes de ir al espacio! En media hora me visto, escucharemos el status del clima y rumbo a la plataforma de lanzamiento!

From NASA:

Tank Fueled; Countdown in Planned Hold

…external tank has been loaded with about 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen during a flawless fueling process. The launch of shuttle is on schedule for 1:36 a.m. EDT Tuesday morning. Forecasters predict an 80 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time. Discovery is headed to the International Space Station on this mission to add new hardware and experiment racks for the inside of the orbiting laboratory complex.

Crew Heads to Discovery
Mon, 24 Aug 2009 20:46:27 -0500

With the countdown moving backward as planned, the seven astronauts who will fly Discovery to the International Space Station have begun the ride from their quarters at NASA; Kennedy Space Center to Launch Pad 39A. A team of technicians will help them strap into their seats and get ready for launch at 1:36 a.m. EDT.

Our prayers are with Jose and his fellow space-travelers. We’ll keep on updating. Or you can follow the Launch Blog.

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