Monday, May 11, 2009

Live at KSC: Atlantis being fueled for launch

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

Atlantis is being fueled for launch. NASA's mission managers gave their go-ahead earlier this hour and the fueling operation began right on time at 4:41 a.m.

Launch crews are stepping through the countdown procedures in the predawn hours at the Kennedy Space Center, where the weather is forecast to be near perfect today for a scheduled 2:01 p.m. liftoff. The shuttle and seven astronauts are bound for the Hubble Space Telescope for a repair-and-upgrade mission.

The fueling operation will last until after sunrise. You can watch the sun rise over the pad this morning, by refreshing this page or clicking on the image of the shuttle above to get an updated live image.

Stay with us here all day for countdown status updates and other news, notes, live pictures and video. Our live broadcast from Kennedy Space Center begins around 8:30 a.m., with a lineup of special guests lasting throughout the countdown. And, if you can't be near a computer, you can always sign up for our text message alerts. Click here if you haven't already signed up.

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