KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- STS-105 Pilot Rick Sturckow happy to get ready for the second launch attempt after a 24-hour weather delay. Launch countdown activities for the 12-day mission were called off at about 5:12 p.m. Aug. 9 during the T-9 minute hold due to the high potential for lightning, a thick cloud cover and the potential for showers. Launch is currently scheduled for 5:15 p.m. EDT Aug. 10. Highlighting the mission will be the rotation of the International Space Station crew, the third flight of an Italian-built Multi-Purpose Logistics Module delivering additional scientific racks, equipment and supplies for the Space Station, and two spacewalks. Included in the payload is the Early Ammonia Servicer (EAS) tank, which will be attached to the Station during the spacewalks. The EAS will be installed on the P6 truss, which holds the Stationís giant U.S. solar arrays, batteries and the cooling radiators. The EAS contains spare ammonia for the Stationís cooling system. The three-member Expedition Two crew will be returning to Earth aboard Discovery after a five-month stay on the Station. (Photo Release Date: 08/10/2001 )
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