|Posted on Nov 15, 2010 12:07:43 AM | Heather Smith | 1 Comments ||
I drove down to Kennedy Space Center for the launch last week, and while I left without seeing the launch, I experienced what it’s like when the launch scrubs. Actually, I experienced a series of scrubs as Discovery was set to launch Monday and then Tuesday and so on, until finally on Friday the launch was moved to no earlier than Nov. 30.
It was a bit frustrating to wake up each morning ready to go see the launch only to have it delayed day after day but that’s all part of it, part of spaceflight and part of making sure we fly safe. I hope to make it down there again, if not for STS-133 then for the next mission, STS-134, currently scheduled for February of next year.
I did, however, get to ride the Shuttle Launch Experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The ride rumbles and shakes, simulating what it is like riding a space shuttle into orbit.
As far as we know, the STS-133 downlink with the crew will shift with the launch. We’ll have more information about the new date and time of the downlink later this month.
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