Friday, May 14, 2010
Atlantis in Orbit!
Fri, 14 May 2010 01:29:50 PM CDT
Main engine cutoff is confirmed -- space shuttle Atlantis is officially in orbit, kicking off its STS-132 mission and the pursuit of its target, the International Space Station. Atlantis lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center right on time at 2:20 p.m. EDT, rising into a picture-perfect Florida sky and capping a relatively problem-free countdown.
NASA Television will air the post-launch news conference at about 3:20 p.m.
Posted by Steve Douglass at 11:33 AM
-3 Hours and Holding; Fueling Complete
Fri, 14 May 2010 07:18:39 AM CDT
Countdown activities continue on schedule as teams across NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida prepare for the 2:20 p.m. EDT liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis. At T-3 hours and holding, Atlantis' external tank is fully loaded with more than a half million gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. The fueling process started on time at 4:55 a.m. and finished at 7:56 a.m. as the tank entered "stable replenish."
At Launch Pad 39A, the Closeout Crew is beginning to ready the climate-controlled White Room outside Atlantis' crew access hatch and the Final Inspection Team will conduct a detailed survey of the shuttle and the pad structure, checking for ice buildups or other potential hazards.
Weather remains favorable, with STS-132 Weather Officer Todd McNamara predicting a 70 percent chance of good conditions at launch time.
Posted by Steve Douglass at 5:51 AM