Monday, May 11, 2009

Live: Doors open, astronauts begin mission work

LIVE IMAGE: Refresh this page for updates and the latest still images from NASA TV.The astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis have a go to begin their on-orbit operations.

The payload bay doors are open. The radiators are activated. The orbiter is currently in an elliptical orbit, peaking at more than 300 statute miles above the Earth. The astronauts are scheduled to rendezvous with the telescope on Wednesday.

You can click the NASA TV player at the right to open a window with the live broadcast of the mission coverage. That will be available 24 hours a day throughout the mission. You can also click here to launch the player.

The mission is slated to end Friday, May 22, with a landing at the Kennedy Space Center.

4:15 p.m. update: Mission Control just informed the crew that engineers saw no debris or other obvious problems during ascent. Additional inspections and analyses will be done to make sure there's no damage to the orbiter, but the preliminary look so far shows no concerns.

IMAGE NOTE: The image at the top of this post is the latest from the live NASA Television feed. If you click on it, you can launch a player where you can watch NASA TV here online.

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