Thursday, June 16, 2005

Return to flight

After being rolled out to its launch pad at Kennedy at the beginning of the month, Discovery was ignominiously rolled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building at the beginning of last week to have its external tank swapped with the one intended for the next Atlantis flight. However NASA continues their painfully slow progress towards return to flight as today the shuttle was returned to the pad. NASA now expects to launch Discovery between the 13th and 31st of July...

The work to secure Space Shuttle Discovery is under way at Launch Pad 39B following its move from the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Update: The BBC has more about NASA's return to flight...

Update: The International Herald Tribune has a piece that pretty much sums up everything that is going wrong for NASA and the Space Shuttle, and right for people like Burt Rutan and SpaceShipOne.