Thursday, September 17, 2009

Shuttle ferry no earlier than Saturday

Space Shuttle Discovery's ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been postponed by at least a day due to weather conditions.

After a Flight Readiness Review Thursday, NASA managers advised that they expect Discovery to be ready to begin the ferry flight by late Friday morning. However, high temperatures at Edwards and stormy weather over the south and southeast portions of the country led them to hold off on having Discovery depart Edwards to no earlier than early Saturday morning, Sept. 19. They plan to meet again with meteorologists and the flight crews at mid-day Friday at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center to discuss whether to aim for a Saturday takeoff, or to postpone the ferry flight further.

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