Perhaps its sentimentality that's making Discovery stall its 39th and final mission. Scheduled to launch at 3:04 p.m. today after four days of delays for reasons ranging from helium and nitrogen leaks to voltage irregularities to stormy weather, the shuttle began leaking hydrogen fuel this morning midway through the fueling process.
NASA's oldest and most traveled shuttle is scheduled to carry six astronauts, equipment and humanoid Robonaut 2 to the International Space Station, leaving the 'bot behind to tend to the station and help astronauts with their experiments while on board.
NASA reports that launch controllers are considering their options and working towards meeting the scheduled launch time today. The pressure is on--if Discovery doesn't lift off by Sunday, the flight will be off until December due to unacceptable solar angles.
If they've ever seen the final destination movies they might start thinking twice about this :o
Good thing I didn't extend my vacation to stay and watch the launch. Seeing how it's been postponed to Nov 30. 2 1/2 day at the Kennedy Space Center was pretty good though. Hit every tour/show and did the ATX.
Wow, wtf? No ads or spam? This... this can't be real.