Monday, May 11, 2009

Live at KSC: Managers meet to decide whether to fuel Atlantis for launch today

LIVE IMAGES: Refresh this page for updates and the latest still images from cameras at Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A and the Air Force 45th Space Wing's weather channel.

NASA's mission managers are assembling this hour at the Kennedy Space Center to look over the weather report and here any last minute technical concerns before deciding whether to go ahead with the fueling of the space shuttle Atlantis for launch.

There are no problems expected. The weather forecast is near perfect for a launch attempt slated for 2:01 p.m. today. If the Mission Management Team decides all is well, the filling of the shuttle External Tank is set to start at 4:41 a.m.

The fueling operation will last until after sunrise. Check out the images above for a view of the shuttle bathed in floodlights on the launch pad and, if you refresh the page frequently, you'll ultimately see the sun rising.

We'll have live updates once the MTT decides what to do and again after the fueling begins. Stick with us all day for countdown status updates and other news, notes, live pictures and video.

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