NASA Reschedules Shuttle Launch Status Meeting, Discovery's Launch No Earlier Than Dec. 3

HOUSTON -- NASA managers have postponed a launch status meeting and
news conference planned for Monday, Nov. 22. The events were
rescheduled after a Space Shuttle Program meeting Thursday determined
more analysis is needed before proceeding toward the launch of space
shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission.

The Program Requirements Control Board (PRCB) identified the analysis
and repairs required to safely launch Discovery. This analysis will
be done during the next five days and reviewed at a special PRCB on
Wednesday, Nov. 24. Pending a successful review of the flight
rationale at that meeting, a launch status briefing will be held with
senior NASA managers on Monday, Nov. 29.

Work has been under way to fix a leaking hydrogen system that caused
the initial delay, and to repair cracks atop two 21-foot-long support
beams, called stringers, on the exterior of the shuttle's external fuel tank.

The Kennedy Space Center will begin the launch countdown no earlier
than Nov. 30. That would support a launch attempt for Discovery no
earlier than Dec. 3 at approximately 2:52 a.m. EST.

For STS-133 crew and mission information, visit:


Source: NASA

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