Friday, August 05, 2011

Atlas To Launch Jupiter-Bound Juno Friday

NASA is gearing up for the planned launch today of the Juno mission to Jupiter after the rollout of a powerful Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The 197-foot United Launch Alliance rocket and the Juno spacecraft are slated to blast off from Launch Complex 41 at 11:34 a.m. The 69-minute launch window will extend until 12:43 p.m. You can watch live NASA TV coverage of the launch here in The Flame Trench beginning at 9 a.m., and you can take part in our CoverItLive interactive blog from 9 a.m. through launch.

The weather forecast continues to call for a 70-percent chance conditions will be acceptable for flight. Launch managers are keeping close tabs on Tropical Storm Emily

Check out the Official Forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron.

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