A small fuel leak on the space shuttle Discovery should not delay the STS-133 mission, the last flight of Discovery, which is excepted to lift off on November 1, 2010. Cross your fingers!
on 10/19/2010 – Made popular on 10/19/2010
NASA decided to delay the launch of the space shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission for at least one day because of two just discovered leaks in the orbital maneuvering system of the shuttle. An earlier one had just been patched up.
The crew of the NASA STS-131 mission has landed its space shuttle Discovery successfully and safety at the Kennedy Space Center, with the STS-132 crew preparing its mission of the space shuttle Atlantic, which already sits on its KSC launch pad 39A.
For the first time, NASA has provided a very interesting video of the recovery process of its shuttle's solid rocket boosters. Specifically, the U.S. space agency shows the SRBs recovered after being used in the STS-133 mission of space shuttle Discovery -- its last flight into space.
With a near-perfect countdown, the space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member STS-131 crew made a spectacular ascent into space with its on-time launch about one hour before sunrise on Monday morning, April 5, 2010.
If you are lucky enough to be in Florida to see the STS-131 launch on April, 5, 2010, you will also be able to see the International Space Station fly over just before the space shuttle Discovery lifts off. And, the Moon will be in the picture, too!
The previously scheduled liftoff date (February 3, 2011) for the space shuttle Discovery and her STS-133 mission has been delayed to the end of February in order to give more time for technicians to fix and access cracks on the external tank.