Space Shuttle Briefing

NASA Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale briefed the media about the status of the upcoming STS-121 mission Wednesday (May 31st) at the Kennedy Space Center, FL

Hale discussed the importance of the space program's Debris Design Verification Review meetings and detailed the types of testing already completed surrounding external tank foam loss. He reiterated there will always be foam debris released during launch but as far as the launch of STS-121 is concerned there are "no show stoppers.".

Mike Leinbach, space shuttle launch director, also was on hand to talk about the preparation milestones for Discovery and said the crew were scheduled to arrive in about two weeks for pre-flight operations and checks. He said they were aiming for a July 1st take off. Hale echoed that sentiment saying there is no reason at this point to think July 1st will not be the designated launch date, though continual review and assessment may cause a date change.

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