Image above: Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, beginning the STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo credit: NASA Television
Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-125 Astronauts En Route to Hubble
Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Monday, rising on twin columns of fire to embark on STS-125, the final shuttle mission to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
Liftoff was right on time at 2:01 p.m. EDT following a countdown that proceeded relatively smoothly throughout the day. Late in the countdown, launch managers had to evaluate an unexpected ice formation on the liquid hydrogen umbilical, and a buildup of cumulus clouds threatened the favorable weather forecast. But those issues were quickly resolved, and in a post-launch press conference, NASA managers praised the launch team for its expertise and efficiency...
You KNOW I love space travel. And yes, I want to be the first little old lady in space....in the meantime, go read more on this latest mission at NASA here.