December 06, 2007
Space Shuttle Atlantis Poised for Launch
Space Shuttle Atlantis is poised for launch at 4:31pm on Thursday afternoon. This critical mission will carry the European Space Agency's major contribution to the International Space Station: The Columbus Laboratory Module. Over 700 Europeans space engineers and scientists, flown over in two charter jets, are on site to watch Columbus fly. Word is that laboratory space on ISS will double with the addition of Columbus.
The weather at the Cape is looking very favorable -- 90% positive, a nearly-unheard of level. And the vehicle is looking good as well; there are no major issues being worked.
So, on behalf of the members of NSS, we wish Commander Steve Frick and his crew a safe launch, a successful mission, and a smooth return to Earth. Ad Astra!
Posted by george_whitesides at December 6, 2007 12:57 AM