August 09, 2007
Endeavour in Orbit!
Space Shuttle Endeavour rocketed to a smooth launch from the Kennedy Space Center tonight, in what NASA Administrator Michael Griffin described as "one of the cleanest we've seen." While there were a few pieces of foam recorded falling off the External Tank, initial reports indicate that they occurred at a high altitude where damage to the orbiter is unlikely. As is the normal protocol post-Columbia, the crew of the shuttle and the space station will document the condition of the orbiter's tiled base and leading edges for download to Mission Control in Houston. For now, it appears that this mission is off to a great start. Ad Astra!
Posted by george_whitesides at August 9, 2007 12:16 AM