Thursday, April 28, 2011

Reminder: Endeavour Launch

A view of the shuttle launchpad at Kennedy Space Center as seen by astronaut Mick Fincke flying in his T-38.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled for liftoff at 3:47 P.M. EDT Friday and everything looks like a "Go" for launch.

Endeavour is on the launch pad, prepping for its final flight. The flight crew of the mission, STS-134 is on sight, also prepping for flight. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is there, after recovering from being shot in the head at a public event in January in Tuscon, AZ. She is supporting her husband and mission commander Mark Kelly. President Obama is also going to attend the launch.

The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions for the launch. Storms may delay the rollback of the support structure tomorrow, but shouldn't affect the Friday morning external tank fueling.

Endeavour final flight is a 14-day mission to the International Space Station. There it will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS), a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for the Dextre robotic helper.

More info on the shuttle mission from NASA, and you can watch the launch on NASA TV.


22 comments:

Zombie said...

I hope one day I get to go to the space station!

Mike said...

Excited to watch the launch :)

Jay said...

it;s very cool that the president will be there. :D

skinned sheep said...

that looks trippy :]

Minecraftblogger said...

Thanks for the reminder (:

Jordan Vargas said...

Thanks for the heads up, I wasn't aware. A 14 day mission doesn't sound so bad.

Necroticism said...

Sometimes this things are not so exciting live, I was watching the LHC live (they were doing something special) and nothing "extraordinary" happened. Not that I expected zombies...

The Game Store Guy said...

Very cool! Hadn't even known.

Necroticism said...

Offtopic: yeah, I think in spanish and when I try to write it down in english, sometimes it looks weird.

Buckaroopopcorn said...

It's the end of an era.

Dootzkie said...

Blast off
Lift off

Hope this era end with those and not with a bang :/

Glovey said...

Love the blog style! Keep up the great work!

Poker Ed said...

woww that looks exciting, cant wait :D

Solsby Kid said...

I'm looking forward to watching the launch!

Banacek said...

It's sad that these shuttles are now being retired but I can't wait to see what's next in space exploration.

Jack said...

Thanks for sharing this!

Moobeat said...

thanks for the heads up

Killer salmon said...

Thanks for this! I did not know this was happening. Also sorry for not commenting your posts for a while, been off the internet a bit and just downright lazy.

How is life going?

Lost.in.Idaho said...

Can't wait. All the launches are monumental.

I forget. Who's getting this one when it's retired??

Rob said...

This is awesome!

Melanie said...

Looking forward to it - kind of makes me sad though...

Venus said...

awesome. it looks futuristic.

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