Wednesday’s launch of Space Shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Center was once again cancelled due to mechanical difficulties.
But NASA mechanics and engineers haven’t given up hope and hope to get her up and running. So much so, that they’ve been hard at work perfoming repairs on the on the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP) interface, where gaseous hydrogen leaked during Wednesday’s launch attempt to make it in time for a Sunday launch scheduled for 7:43 p.m.
According to NASA officials, they will retest the interface again for any leaks and the Mission Management Team will have a meeting on Saturday afternoon to review data and the progress of the teams, and make a final determination on whether or not the launch will proceed.
Shuttle Discovery’s mission is expected to last 13 days as it disembarks for the International Space Station. The crew are expected to perform three spacewalks during the flight and also bring back one of the current inhabitants on the Space Station.