Monday, May 11, 2009

Live at KSC: Weather Still 90 Percent "Go"

The forecast remains excellent for today's scheduled 2:01 p.m. launch of shuttle Atlantis to the Hubble Space Telescope.

"Currently for our local conditions, we're looking really good," said Lt. Col. Patrick Barrett of the Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron.

The conditions offer a 90 percent chance of weather good enough for launch, Barrett said, with only slight concerns that cumulus clouds could build up.

In addition, showers at the launch's only overseas emergency landing site, in Moron, Spain, are expected to clear up by launch time.

"Things are shaping up pretty nicely at Moron as well," Barrett said.

At KSC's Operations and Checkout Building, the Atlantis crew is getting suited up for launch and should be heading to pad 39A within half an hour.

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