Friday, January 15, 2010

Space Shuttle Mission: STS-130 Crew to Kennedy for TCDT

Friday, January 15, 2010

Workers at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A completed the loading of fuel in space shuttle Endeavour's orbital maneuvering system and auxiliary power units.

Leak checks will be performed today on the ground umbilical carrier plate quick disconnect, or GUCP. The GUCP is the overboard vent to the pad and the flame stack where the vented hydrogen is burned off.

During the weekend, launch pad teams will open the rotating service structure that protects the shuttle from inclement weather and the environment in anticipation of the STS-130 mission payload delivery scheduled for early Monday morning.

At NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Endeavour's six astronauts are preparing for their Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, or TCDT. The crew is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility in their T-38 jets on Monday at 6 p.m. EST.


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