Discovery Launch Set for July 13
- Discovery Launch Set for July 13
NASA has cleared the Space Shuttle to Return to Flight. After a two-day
Flight Readiness Review meeting at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida,
senior managers approved a July 13 launch date for Discovery.
Commander Eileen Collins and her crew are scheduled to lift off at 3:51
p.m. EDT on the first U.S. space flight since the February 2003 loss of
the Shuttle Columbia.
"After a vigorous, healthy discussion our team has come to a decision:
we're ready to go," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said after the
meeting. "The past two and half years have resulted in significant
improvements that have greatly reduced the risk of flying the Shuttle. But
we should never lose sight of the fact that space flight is risky.