Shuttles on Launch Pads at the same time for possible Rescue Mission
Endeavour will be on standby when Atlantis blasts off from neighboring pad 39A on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. It would only be launched on a rescue mission if Atlantis sustained damage that endangered the ship and its crew.
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The chance of bad weather overnight prompted NASA officials to push back rollout of shuttle Endeavour at least 24 hours.Launch managers met tonight and were concerned thunderstorms north and south of Kennedy Space Center might creep into the area and damage the spaceship during a seven-hour move from the Vehicle Assembly Building out to launch pad 39B.The shuttle had been slated to begin the 4.2-mile trip at 12:01 a.m. The start of the journey is tentatively being rescheduled for the same time Friday.
CAPTAIN, USN Stephen G. Bowen (Wikipedia)
Bowen is the first Submarine Officer selected by NASA. He was selected as astronaut candidate in July 2000. He reported for training at the Johnson Space Center in August 2000. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was initially assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch while awaiting assignment to a Shuttle fligh as a Mission Specialist. Bowen was originally assigned to STS-124 but was moved to a later flight to allow the Shuttle to rotate an ISS crew member. Bowen is currently assigned to the crew of STS-126, targeted for launch in November 2008 to the International Space Station. STS-126 will carry a reusable logistics module that will hold supplies and equipment, including additional crew quarters, a second treadmill, equipment for the regenerative life support system and spare hardware. (Nasa Bio)