Stripers and shuttle launches…

yesh, let’s get her up there…

Fueling is under way for the 3:04 p.m. launch attempt of space shuttle Discovery, however a problem has cropped up that could mean a launch delay.

Around 8:00 a.m., a hydrogen leak was detected at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, an attachmet point between the external tank and a 17-inch pipe that carries gaseous hydrogen away from Discovery to the flare stack, where it is burned off.

Right now, managers continue to assess the leak.

Similar issues affected the launches of shuttle missions STS-119 and STS-127.

Meanwhile, weather for today’s launch has improved to a 70 percent change of favorable conditions, with gusty winds the only concern.

This would be the 39th and final flight of Discovery, NASA’s oldest and most traveled shuttle.