Science and Technology News

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Launch Preparations on Track; Status Briefing at 10 a.m.

 Technicians at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A continue preparing space shuttle Endeavour for launch. Final preparations for the space shuttle main engines are progressing well with pneumatic and gaseous nitrogen purge check outs complete The pad's sound suppression tank has been filled with water.

A brush fire was reported southeast of the turn basin, approximately three miles from the launch pad,  yesterday shortly after noon. Fish and Wildlife officials reported that the brush fire is now fully contained, but still smoldering and smoking. There were no reports of personnel injuries and no impact to operations at the launch pad.

STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly and his crew awoke at 6 a.m. EDT to continue their prelaunch activities.

A Countdown Status Briefing at 10 a.m., live on NASA TV, to provide an update on the countdown and weather forecast.

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