Thursday, October 29, 2009

Live at KSC: Atlantis "go" for Nov. 16 launch

NASA executives have voted unanimously to launch the year's final space shuttle mission on Nov. 16.

Atlantis would blast off from Kennedy Space Center at 2:28 p.m.

The vote capped a final Flight Readiness Review for the mission that began at 8 a.m. today at KSC.

The 11-day mission, which includes three spacewalks, plans to deliver two carriers packed with large spare parts needed to sustain the station after shuttles stop flying.

Atlantis is one of six scheduled shuttle flights remaining.

Managers plan to hold a 6 p.m. news conference to discuss the STS-129 mission.

Click here to open a NASA TV video player to watch the event live.

Click here to read Twitter updates posted from the meeting.

Read this mission summary and press kit for more background.

IMAGE NOTE: On Oct. 20, members of space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 crew posed for a group portrait in the White Room at launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Kneeling from left are mission specialist Randy Bresnik and commander Charles O. Hobaugh; standing from left are mission specialists Mike Foreman, Leland Melvin and Robert L. Satcher Jr.; and pilot Barry E. Wilmore. The crew members of space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission were at Kennedy for training related to their launch dress rehearsal, the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann.

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