CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – NASA will try to launch space shuttle Discovery next week.
Senior officials set Tuesday as the launch date following a two-day flight review that ended Wednesday. Much of the discussion focused on the large amount of foam insulation that came off the fuel tank during last month's launch. Managers decided the tank for Discovery's upcoming flight is fine.
Discovery and its seven-member crew will haul equipment and supplies to the international space station, including a new treadmill named after Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert. Earlier this year, the comedian tried to get a future space station chamber named after him. NASA chose Tranquility instead, and Colbert had to settle for the treadmill.
Liftoff time is set for 1:36 a.m. EDT.