|STS-133 - SHUTTLE DISCOVERY ATTACHMENT TO EXTERNAL FUEL TANK AND SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER|
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 13 September 2010 09:01|
Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida attached the
lifting sling to shuttle Discovery for rotation and hoisting Sept. 10 following its move from
Orbiter Processing Facility-3 the previous day.
Operations to attach Discovery to its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters are temporarily on hold. During installation of the left-hand main separation bolt on the bottom of the shuttle, the corresponding nut fell into the shuttle’s aft compartment. Evaluations indicate no damage has occurred.
Crews will need to access Discovery’s aft section to retrieve the nut. The issue is not expected to impact rollout of Discovery to its launch pad on Sept. 20.
Discovery is being prepared for its upcoming STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. The spacecraft will carry the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) packed with supplies and critical spare parts, as well as the first human-like robot in space, Robonaut 2, to the station. Discovery is targeted to launch on Nov. 1.
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|Last Updated on Monday, 13 September 2010 09:16|