Sunday, May 15, 2011

KSC teams revealing Endeavour for launch

Kennedy Space Center teams have begun swinging open launch pad 39A's rotating service tower to reveal shuttle Endeavour.

Endeavour is scheduled to blast off for the 25th and final time at 8:56 a.m. Monday, a second attempt to launch a 16-day mission to the International Space Station.

The first attempt scrubbed April 29 because of a technical problem.

The weather forecast for Monday's five-minute launch window remains 70 percent "go." There's a chance of a low cloud ceiling and strong crosswinds at the shuttle runway, which must be available to Endeavour as an emergency landing site.

Opening of the pad's Rotating Service Structure began before noon, slightly ahead of schedule.

The spaceport was under a lightning alert earlier today, but thunderstorms that threatened to delay the operation stayed to the southeast and cleared the area in time.

The 130-foot-tall, 102-foot-long tower that has provided access to and sheltered Endeavour will roll open 120 degrees on rails . The procedure typically takes 45 minutes to an hour.

1 comment:

Zadoc said...

With Gabby Giffords' recovery and this being Endeavour's last flight, I think this is kind of historic and I'll be watching.

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