Christer Fuglesang has been waiting 14 years to leave the planet, since he was first picked to be an astronaut. He is scheduled to launch with the shuttle Discovery on December 7th.
But if the mission is delayed for any reason beyond December 17th or 18th, NASA officials say it would probably be postponed until after the beginning of the year. This is because the shuttle’s 1970’s computers cannot handle a roll-over from December 31st to January 1st.
In a televised press conference from Houston for Swedish media Monday night, Fuglesang took the news of yet another delay calmly, saying he and the other crew members would not be particularly concerned about waiting a few more weeks.