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Systems in great shape for US space shuttle mission: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, United States – NASA said its systems were in good shape and the countdown was going well for Thursday’s launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Set for Thursday at 9:35 pm (0235 GMT Friday), it will be the first night launch since the Columbia disaster in 2003.

“Our systems are currently in great shape, countdown is progressing and we have no issues of consequence,” Steven Payne, test director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), told a media briefing.

“The teams are ready and we are looking forward to an incredible mission (for the) space shuttle discovery and a safe and successfull landing,” he said.

The countdown for the Thursday launch of Discovery’s mission began at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11 p.m. Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday), NASA said.

No major weather problems are foreseen for the 10-minute launch window, with only a 30 percent chance of weather scuttling liftoff on Thursday, it added.

However, should there be a 24- or 48-hour delay, then the weather risk would increase to 60 percent.