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Donger
11-16-2009, 09:58 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091116/ap_on_re_us/us_space_shuttle;_ylt=Ai9dADxBa3Up.GMiVYGxZkSs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTMyamZvY2M4BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMTE2L3Vz X3NwYWNlX3NodXR0bGUEY3BvcwM5BHBvcwM2BHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDc3BhY2VzaHV0 dGxl

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA fueled space shuttle Atlantis on Monday for an afternoon liftoff to the space station, despite increasingly cloudy skies.

Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 70 percent, not nearly as good as previous days. Low clouds were the main concern for the 2:28 EST p.m. liftoff.

The six astronauts woke up around the time fueling got under way well before dawn. Three hours later, the external fuel tank was full and the countdown right on track.

Atlantis is loaded with big spare parts for the International Space Station. NASA wants to stockpile as much equipment there as possible before the shuttle fleet is retired next year.

The 11-day flight will keep the astronauts in orbit through Thanksgiving. They will unload nearly 30,000 pounds of pumps, tanks and other spare parts, as well as science experiments. Three spacewalks will be conducted to carry out the work and get a jump on the next shuttle flight.

It is NASA's last shuttle flight of the year and among only six remaining.

Gathering for the launch were about 100 Twittering space fans who won invitations from NASA. They were among the first to sign up online last month for this first-ever launch "tweetup."

NASA put up a big white circus-like tent at the press site of Kennedy Space Center, expressly for the Twitter crowd.

Donger
11-16-2009, 10:06 AM
Link to NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

Donger
11-16-2009, 12:01 PM
Crew access hatch is closed and locked. T-1:27 and counting.

Donger
11-16-2009, 12:14 PM
T-20 minutes and holding

Donger
11-16-2009, 12:36 PM
T-9 minutes and holding.

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:20 PM
T-9 minutes and counting

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:24 PM
T-5 minutes and counting

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:25 PM
Flight surface control check.

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:26 PM
Beanie cap retract.

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:27 PM
Close and lock visors

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:28 PM
T-1 miunte

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:28 PM
Internal power

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:28 PM
T-20 seconds

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:29 PM
Liftoff

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:29 PM
Roll program

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:30 PM
500 mph

journeyscarab
11-16-2009, 01:30 PM
Go for throttle up.

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:30 PM
Throttle up, 900 mph

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:30 PM
Max Q coming

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:31 PM
SRB seperation

Hydrae
11-16-2009, 01:31 PM
Now I see how you have so many posts. :)

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:31 PM
34 miles up, 3200 mph

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:32 PM
OMS burn

journeyscarab
11-16-2009, 01:32 PM
Wow...freaking fast!

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:32 PM
46 miles up 4,000 mph

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:32 PM
5,000 mph

Alton deFlat
11-16-2009, 01:33 PM
The launch looked good.

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:33 PM
Negative return

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:33 PM
62 miles up, 6,000 mph

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:34 PM
Press to ATO

mikey23545
11-16-2009, 01:35 PM
That was quite a rumble.

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:35 PM
Press to MECO.

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:36 PM
11,000 mph

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:37 PM
15,000 mph

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:37 PM
MECO! Tank sep

journeyscarab
11-16-2009, 01:37 PM
At what speed does everything just go white?

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:38 PM
In orbit.

Donger
11-16-2009, 01:41 PM
The launch looked good. How many more shuttle missions are there? I always wanted to see one in person, but I guess I never will.

There are five more planned.

Alton deFlat
11-16-2009, 01:45 PM
There are five more planned.

Thanks! After I posted that question, I actually read the article you originally attached. :banghead::rolleyes:

I guess that's one of the reasons why they're up there and I'm still on the ground. That and the fact that I would probably mess up my suit during launch.

Param
11-16-2009, 01:55 PM
There are five more planned.

I hope I get a chance to watch one b4 they're retired.