Sunday, May 10, 2009
Atlantis' Launch Window
For the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis tomorrow, a 62-minute window will open at exactly 1:41:56 p.m. EDT and close at 2:43:47 p.m. EDT.
NASA is targeting the actual liftoff of Atlantis 20 minutes into the window. Currently, the launch is scheduled for 2:01:56 p.m. EDT. But this could change tomorrow and is all based on final radar tracking of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Two things I want to mention are that spaceflightnow.com will be broadcasting their live feed from KSC starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT. They have a lot of special guests they will be interviewing.
Also, if you happen to speak or understand Italian, there will be a live AstronautiCAST hosted by Forum Astronautico that will begin about 2 hours before launch. I will be live from KSC for a quick interview somewhere in that time frame. The broadcast should be available at the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/astronauticast
I just returned from Philadelphia from the wedding I was in over the weekend. Now I am off to unpack, just to pack again and leave for Houston tomorrow after launch. :) I am supporting at the Launch Control Center tomorrow, so I will definitely upload some photos from the STS-125 action going on there. :)