Hams in Space – Almost

Tuesday’s launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-128) 1129was scuttled when thunderstorms — including a lightning strike just five  miles from the launch pad — popped up unexpectedly Monday evening, continuing into Tuesday morning. The shuttle, with a new launch date of Wednesday, August 26, will carry a crew of seven  astronauts, including three radio amateurs.

Mission specialist Mission Specialists: José Hernández, KE5DAV; N1126icole Stott, KE5GJN; Christer Fuglesang, SA0AFS/KE5CGR; Patrick G. Forrester, and John D. "Danny" Olivas will follow where many other amateur radio operator/astronauts have ventured before.

While onboard the International Space Station the1127 crew will deliver more than 7 tonsof supplies and will be working on the completion of the ambitious international project.

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Pictured from top is Mission Specialist Flight Engineer Nicole Scott, KE5GJN; Flight Engineer Timothy Kopra, KE5UDN (who is currently on the ISS and will be returning home); Jose Herandez, KE5DAV; and Swedish Astronaut Christer Funlesang, SA0AFS/KE5GGR.

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