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  • OT "Astronauts board U.S. space shuttle ahead of launch !"

    A classic headline from the fools at Reuters, "Astronauts board U.S. space shuttle ahead of launch !"

    I bet it would be a real pain to board the shuttle after launch!

    Anyway it blast off about about 1 hour 40 minutes.

    Astronauts board U.S. space shuttle ahead of launch !

    By Irene Klotz
    38 minutes ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.. (Reuters) - The seven astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Discovery scrambled aboard their spaceship on Tuesday to await blastoff on a construction mission to the International Space Station.

    Liftoff remained targeted for 11:38 a.m. (1538 GMT) although forecasters predicted a 60 percent chance of a delay due to clouds and rain.

    Discovery is carrying a connection hub to the space station so NASA can attach laboratories owned by Europe and Japan to the orbital outpost. The new module, called Harmony, will be the first expansion to the station's living space since 2001.

    If Discovery's 14-day mission unfolds with few problems, NASA plans to launch the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory on December 6.

    Earlier Tuesday, technicians filled Discovery's fuel tank with 500,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to feed the ship's three main engines during the 8.5-minute climb to orbit.

    NASA then dispatched a team of inspectors to survey Discovery for signs of ice or cracks in the tank's foam insulation.

    "There are no technical issues that would preclude launch at this time," said launch commentator Mike Curie.

    Both ice and foam pose a threat to the shuttle if pieces fly off during liftoff, as happened during Columbia's launch in 2003.

    The impact damaged the ship's heat shield, which failed during the descent through Earth's atmosphere for landing, causing the shuttle's breakup and the deaths of seven astronauts.

    For Discovery's flight, NASA carved an hour off the amount of time the tank is filled before launch in the hope of minimizing ice buildups.

    After Discovery's mission, NASA has 11 construction flights to the station remaining and two resupply flights before the $100 billion outpost is finished.

    NASA needs to have the work completed within three years when the shuttle fleet is due to be retired.

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    We have had quite a few stupid headlines in the local paper. One of the best is "Body Not Found in Lake"
    Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.