NASA Sets Shuttle Discovery's Launch For No Earlier Than Dec. 17

WASHINGTON -- NASA managers have targeted space shuttle Discovery's
launch for no earlier than Dec. 17. Shuttle managers determined more
tests and analysis are needed before proceeding with the STS-133 mission.

As a result, the launch status meeting planned for Monday, Nov. 29,
has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

The Program Requirements Control Board (PRCB) reviewed on Wednesday
repairs and engineering evaluations associated with cracks on two
21-foot-long, U-shaped aluminum brackets, called stringers, on the
shuttle's external tank. Managers decided the analysis and tests
required to launch Discovery safely are not complete. The work will
continue through next week.

The next status review by the PRCB will be Thursday, Dec. 2. If
managers clear Discovery for launch on Dec. 17, the preferred time is
approximately 8:51 p.m. EST.

For STS-133 crew and mission information, visit:


Source: NASA

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