STS-119 Update

I was excited about the possibility of seeing a Space Shuttle launch early Friday morning [02/27] only to learn of its postponement. That announcement said there could be a new launch date announced today [02/25]. Here is the latest from NASA.

NASA Removes Discovery’s Flow Control Valves – Plans Next Steps for Launch Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:56:18 AM EST

Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are removing space shuttle Discovery’s three gaseous hydrogen flow control valves today.

Managers continue to evaluate test data in an effort to gather enough information to finalize a plan setting a new target launch date for the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station.

Though the plan has not yet been completed, technicians will install flow control valves that have flown fewer times than the ones currently in Discovery’s main propulsion system.

The plan is expected to be finalized today. Once senior managers are in agreement, a Flight Readiness Review meeting will be rescheduled to assess the readiness for launch and set a formal launch target date.

Meanwhile, Discovery’s astronauts are making a quick trip to Kennedy for the day to refresh their training and understanding of the hardware and flight equipment they’ll use during the mission.

I still want to see a shuttle launch before the program ends. I may have to make another cycling trip to Florida. I went twice last year…