NASA green lights April 5 launch of Discovery

Mar 27, 2010
The Space Shuttle Discovery is seen on launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 2009. NASA on Friday gave its thumbs up for the April 5 launch of the Discovery, which will take a seven-member crew, including a Japanese astronaut, to the International Space Station (ISS).

The US space agency NASA gave its thumbs up for the April 5 launch of the shuttle Discovery, which will take a seven-member crew, including a Japanese astronaut, to the International Space Station (ISS).

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration made its announcement after an all-day Flight Readiness Review meeting, who found "no unresolved issues that would prevent Discovery and crew from flying a safe and successful mission."

Barring unforeseen circumstances and unfavorable weather, Discovery should blast off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral on April 5, at 6:21 am (1021 GMT).

Discovery's flight will be the second shuttle mission of the year and fourth to last before the shuttle program shuts down for good, as expected, at the end of 2010.

US space missions to the ISS will be flown on Russian Soyuz spacecraft until a replacement for the shuttle -- the Ares 1 rocket and its -- is operational in 2015.

Discovery's 13-day mission will be NASA's 34th to build and equip the orbiting space station, which is near completion.

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ZeroDelta
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If Constellation is cancelled, astronauts would be riding on ULA or SpaceX rockets !
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I don't think it is _officially_ canceled yet.

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