Monday, May 11, 2009

We have lift off!

Liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis 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 the meantime, go read more on this latest mission at NASA here.

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