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[b]Management team gives "Go" for Discovery launch[/b]
Countdown operations are on schedule for space shuttle Discovery to launch at 6:21 a.m. EDT Monday.
The team evaluated a few minor technical issues that came up late in the count but, "at the end of the day, a unanimous poll from the [mission management team] MMT that we're for "go" for launch," said launch integration manager Mike Moses. "We're really excited about this mission... and the science we'll be able to get onboard for the ISS to do what it needs to do to and demonstrate its true ability as a national laboratory."
"The STS-131 launch countdown is in process and everything is in good shape," added launch director Pete Nickolenko. "The team is doing what it does best and we're on track and ready to go for Monday."
Weather officer Kathy Winters reported that the forecast continues to be very favorable for launch day with only a 20-percent chance that weather will be a concern for liftoff. The only issue is the possibility of fog in the area.
The forecast is also looking good for the transatlantic abort sites where the shuttle could land in the unlikely event of an emergency.
On Sunday at about 9:30 a.m. EDT, the rotating service structure at Pad 39A that has protected Discovery will be rolled away. Loading of propellants is scheduled to begin at around 9 p.m.
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