Press Release


Target Launch Day of the Space Shuttle Discovery with Astronaut Noguchi Onboard
[STS-114 / International Space Station Assembly Resumption Mission (LF-1)]

July 21, 2005 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

This morning, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the following at a press conference about the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery which has been delayed.

  • If no anomaly is found during the test on the external fuel tank sensor system at room temperature which is currently in progress, final launch countdown operations will be resumed on July 23 (Sat) (Eastern Daylight Time, EDT). After the actual fuel for the flight is loaded, the sensor system will be inspected.

  • If the sensor function is fully verified by the above test and inspection, Discovery will be launched at 10:39 a.m. on July 26 (Tue) (EDT) or at 11:39 p.m. on the same day, Japan Standard Time.

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