Russian engineers failed to raise the orbit of the international space station by a planned distance Thursday and Russian and U.S. officials were discussing whether it would affect the upcoming launch of the space shuttle Discovery.
Federal Space Agency spokesman Valery Lyndin said the engines on the Progress M-58 cargo ship docked at the station were supposed to fire for around 17 minutes and push the station around 4 miles higher. However they unexpectedly shut off early, pushing the station just 1 mile up.
This might effect the upcoming shuttle mission in December. Engineers are looking at it now at NASA
Another problem I thought we faced during the Millenum:
NASA wants Discovery back from its 12-day mission by New Year's Eve because shuttle computers are not designed to make the change from the 365th day of the old year to the first day of the new year while in flight.
The space agency has figured out a solution for the New Year's problem, but managers are reluctant to try it since it has not been thoroughly tested.
If the space shuttle is not back on the ground during the change into the new year, NASA officials want it docked to the space station and not flying.
Are the computers on the shuttle still operating on a pre-Win2000 operating system?