Posted by Lydia on September 14th, 2008
Houston survived the powerful rath of Ike. N.A.S.A., located south of Houston, is functioning normally although the roof of the Johnson Space Center was partially removed during the storm.
Sixty five team members worked on-sight during Ike’s raging. No one was hurt and everything is working as normally as possible.
In anticipation of the storm, training preparations for mission
STS-125 were suspended at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.
Atlantis (Mission STS-125 ) is scheduled to launch on October 10, 2008, headed to the Hubble.
Endeavour ( STS-126) will be the last launch this year, scheduled for November 12, transporting the MPLM ( Multi Purpose Logistics Module) to the ISS.
The last time a storm whipped up trouble for the J.S.C. was in August, 1983 ( Hurricane Alicia). Damage from Alicia’s frolic through Johnson Space Center was estimated to be about $250,000 U.S.D. Alicia caused damage to the roofing of six major structures, many trees were destroyed and a few windows were shattered. Luckily there were no injuries.
The significant damage caused by Alicia did not delay mission STS-8, which was scheduled to launch the next week.
Ike just trifled with J.S.C. this morning, but may have caused several billion dollars worth of trouble for the Houston, Galveston area.