In The Field

Getting Ready to Roll

The mission management team announced tonight that they are holding off on the decision to roll the shuttle back into the Vertical Assembly Building until 7:00am tomorrow. But LeRoy Cain, the highest ranking member of the shuttle team, sounded downbeat about the threat posed by Ernesto: “It would take a relatively significant change from the current forecasts that we’re seeing to prevent us from going into rollback preparation.”

The good news is that the shuttle and its booster rockets appear undamaged from the lightning strike, so it would be capable of launching Tuesday if the weather holds.

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