Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Questioning The Launch of NASA Discovery

It seems with each day that goes by new problems are discovered. I posted on my previous memories of two disasterous missions, and of course I am praying for the best, but at this point I wonder if this is a good idea to liftoff today or in the future. It reported the millions too, that each day that it is delayed of what it cost, but most importantly the lives of our brave astronauts. Despite more problems this morning, they are planning for launching at 2:38 p.m. (est) today on our 4th of July.
AP News: NASA Gives Green Light for Shuttle Launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA officials decided a crack in Discovery's fuel tank insulating foam wasn't enough of a threat to stop the countdown Tuesday to their first Independence Day shuttle launch. The launch is set for 2:38 p.m. EDT.

Inspectors spotted the crack Monday. A 3-inch piece of foam also popped out of the area, which covers an expandable bracket holding a liquid oxygen feed line against the huge external fuel tank.