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Astronauts Board Shuttle For Launch

29 Aug 2009, 01:36 UTC
Astronauts Board Shuttle For Launch
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Hoping for a break in the weather, the shuttle Discovery astronauts are climbing aboard their spaceship, aiming for an 11:59 p.m. EDT blastoff and the start of a 13 day mission to resupply the International Space Station.

Three-time
shuttle veteran Rick Sturckow, 48, leads the Discovery crew and first-time
flier Kevin Ford, 49, serves as pilot. Mission specialists are Pat Forrester,
52, with two previous flights; the European Space Agency’s Christer Fuglesang,
52, and Danny Olivas, 44, who both whom have made one previous flight; and
rookies Jose Hernandez, 47, and
Nicole Stott, 46.

Weather cleared just as the crew left their quarters to hop aboard a van for the 20-minute drive to Launch Pad 39A. Now, there are little storm cells popping here and there. NASA has some very strict weather criteria for launching the shuttle, so we'll see.

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