Friday, August 14, 2009

NASA Targets August. 24 for STS-128 Launch - Nasa Space Shuttle

The Space Shuttle Program is targeting Discovery's STS-128 launch for Aug. 24 at 1:58 a.m., though the official launch date will not be set until the agency-level Flight Readiness Review is conducted Aug. 18. In the meantime, teams will continue to analyze foam loss from the external tanks on the STS-125 and STS-127 missions.

Seven astronauts who will fly to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery began subtle changes in their daily routine to adjust their body clocks for the mission's schedule. The process is called sleep-shifting and it basically gets the crew members accustomed to being awake when they wouldn't normally be.

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