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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Watch the Launch of the Discovery Mission STS-119 Live

**Notice** The Shuttle launch for tonight has been postponed due to a Hydogen leak. 

The earliest new launch date now is Sunday, March 15th and as late as the 18th due to a Soyuz Mission launching on the 26th. I will leave the player embedded until about 4am or so.

Here is the video player:


SpaceVidCast is the provider of this live feed.

The space shuttle is expected to launch at about 9.20pm Eastern Time.

Watch the NASA Webcast giving details of this mission.

More details regarding this mission:

STS-119 will deliver the S6 solar arrays to the space station, completing the construction of the Integrated Truss Structure. STS-119 will be used for several experiments, including Shuttle Ionospheric Modification with Pulsed Local EXhaust (SIMPLEX), Shuttle Exhaust Ion Turbulence Experiments (SEITE), and Maui Analysis of Upper Atmospheric Injections (MAUI). STS-119 will also be used for the the "Boundary Layer Transition Detailed Test Objective" experiment. One tile in the thermal protection system will be raised 0.25 inches (6.4 mm) above the others so that, at about Mach 15 during reentry, a boundary layer transition will be initiated.