Wednesday, February 4, 2009

STS-119 mission...

is delayed one week due to potentially faulty fuel valves. Shuttle Discovery is on the pad and poised to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) with liftoff originally scheduled for 12 February. NASA is investigating a flaw in critical valves that regulate the hydrogen fuel supply to the main engines. The new launch date will be announced once the investigation yields some answers.

This flight to the ISS will deliver and install the final starboard solar array which will provide enough power to double the present crew to six (to occur later this year.) Read about the STS-119 mission objectives here.

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