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STS-122 must continue to wait - Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis not before 7 February

11 January 2008

 View of the external fuel tank
zum Bild View of the external fuel tank

After investigations and the fixing of problems which led to launch delays in December, the launch date for mission STS-122 is now targeted for 7 February 2008 at 14:45 local time (20:45 Central European Time).

Technicians on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida have completed the installation of the replacement feed-through connector in the engine cutoff sensor system to the internal connector. The feed-through connector passes the wires from the inside of the tank to the outside. The pins in the replacement connector have been skillfully soldered to create a connection that allows sensors inside the tank to send signals to the computers onboard Atlantis. Problems with the reports from the fuel-cutoff sensor caused the launch delays.

Atlantis's main objective during its STS-122 mission to the International Space Station is to install and activate Europe's Columbus laboratory, which will provide scientists around the world the ability to conduct a variety of experiments in life, physical, and materials science, Earth observation and solar physics.

Andreas Schütz
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) - German Aerospace Center

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Dr. Volker Sobick
German Aerospace Center

Space Administration
, Human Spaceflight, ISS and Exploration
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Created: 11/01/2008 14:20:00
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