Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Discovery's Launch Date Confirmed: May 31

Following space shuttle Discovery's May 3 rollout to Launch Pad 39A, access arms from the pad's fixed service structure are in place against the vehicle, secured atop the mobile launch platform below. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder
by Staff Writers
Houston TX (SPX) May 20, 2008
Space shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission is officially scheduled for launch May 31. The announcement was made in an afternoon news conference held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida following today's executive-level Flight Readiness Review.

"Preparations are going really well," Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach said, pointing out that Discovery's remarkably smooth processing flow will allow shuttle work crews to take off the Memorial Day holiday.

"Right now we're in great shape, and we really expect to have a good three or four days off this weekend and come back and launch."

There are two Flight Readiness Reviews before each shuttle launch: a program-level review and an executive-level review. During these routine meetings, top NASA and contractor officials evaluate prelaunch preparations and determine whether the vehicle is ready for flight.

Discovery's 14-day flight will carry the largest payload so far to the station and includes three spacewalks. It is the second of three missions that will launch components to complete the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory.

The crew will install Kibo's large Japanese Pressurized Module and Kibo's robotic arm system. Discovery also will deliver new station crew member Greg Chamitoff and bring back Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman, who will end a three-month stay aboard the outpost.

Related Links
Shuttle at NASA
Watch NASA TV via Space.TV
Space Shuttle News at Space-Travel.Com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


STS-124 Astronauts Wrap Up Launch Rehearsal
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) May 12, 2008
The seven-member STS-124 crew participated Friday in a launch dress rehearsal at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.







  • North Carolina Students Win National Team America Rocketry Challenge
  • NASA Successfully Completes First Series Of Ares Engine Tests
  • NASA Awards Contract For Ares I Mobile Launcher
  • Russia's Energomash To Double Production Of Rocket Engines

  • Sweden Launches MASER 11 Sounding Rocket
  • Spaceport Kourou Welcomes Fourth Ariane 5 Launch Campaign For 2008
  • Orbital Awarded Contract for Suborbital Launch Vehicle Research by US DoD
  • Arianespace Takes Delivery Of Its Third Ariane 5 In 2008

  • Discovery's Launch Date Confirmed: May 31
  • STS-124 Astronauts Wrap Up Launch Rehearsal
  • Discovery's Payloads Installed
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives At Launch Pad

  • NASA TV Airs High-Def Day In The Life Of An ISS Astronaut
  • Russian cargo ship docks with the ISS: report
  • MDA Receives Information Solution Contract With Boeing
  • NASA Extends Space Station Contract With ARES

  • ESA Astronaut Recruitment Now Open
  • NASA Seeks Industry Partners For Innovation Transfusion Program
  • On The Moon Inhaling Is A Silent Affair
  • NASA: ISS to soon have new water system

  • Suits For Shenzhou
  • China Launches New Space Tracking Ship To Serve Shenzhou VII
  • Three Rocketeers For Shenzhou
  • China's space development can pose military threat: Japan

  • Robot conducts Detroit orchestra
  • Canada rejects sale of space firm to US defense firm
  • The Future Of Robotic Warfare Part Two
  • Robot anaesthetist developed in France: doctor

  • Rendezvous With Mars
  • Phoenix Probe Due To Touch Down On Martian Surface
  • Phoenix lander set for May 25 touchdown on Mars: NASA
  • Phoenix Ready For Northern Mars Polar Landing

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright Space.TV Corporation. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space.TV Corp on any Web page published or hosted by Space.TV Corp. Privacy Statement