NASA’s Endeavour set for Feb. 7 launch
From press release
Officials meeting at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Feb. 5 reviewed space shuttle Endeavour’s readiness for flight at the L-2 prelaunch meeting. They unanimously decided to move forward with the STS-130 mission countdown to launch Sunday, Feb. 7.
Mike Moses, shuttle launch integration manager, said, “We’re really looking forward to this launch carrying up node 3 and the cupola.
“From the shuttle program perspective, looking at our launch readiness, we’re in really good shape,” continued Moses. “We had a fantastic review this morning. Unanimous poll, everyone’s pressing forward to go for launch.”
Bernardo Patti, ESA’s International Space Station program manager, said how happy and proud he is to see the last two European elements ready for the space station. He also commented about the great support and cooperation between the space agencies and how rewarding the process has been.
Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director, reported his team is not tracking any technical issues and everything is on track for the rotating service structure rollback and loading of the external fuel tank with propellants.
“The team is energized and excited about the countdown… looking forward to getting Endeavour off the ground Sunday morning,” said Leinbach.
Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer, said the forecast has improved and there’s only a 20 percent chance weather would be an issue at launch time. Although it may be a little chilly and breezy, no constraints should be violated. The forecast at the transoceanic abort landing sites in Spain and France also looks favorable.
NASA TV will air the fueling of Endeavour’s external tank at www.nasa.gov/ntv, and live launch coverage will kick off on NASA TV.
You also can follow Endeavour’s countdown to launch with NASA’s Launch Blog from inside Kennedy’s Firing Room 3.
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