Shuttle Atlantis is ready for launch

By xerocube | June 8, 2007

If you are in the Cape Canaveral area this evening, be on the lookout for the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

NASA: Atlantis is ready to launch –

After a three-month delay, NASA entered the final day of a launch countdown for space shuttle Atlantis Thursday with no major technical problems looming and a forecast for promising weather. Forecasters predicted an 80 percent chance that the weather would allow NASA to launch its first space shuttle mission of the year at 7:38 p.m. ET Friday.

After a hailstorm damaged the insulating foam, NASA spend thousands of person-hours to repair the insulation, as opposed to replacing the entire tank. Some examples of the work include.

Some of the engineers and technicians worked 16-hour days devising the repairs, including mechanical engineer Glenn Lapeyronnie, who created from scratch in 10 days a 7 ½-foot tool to trim foam around the nose cone, where the tank had the most damage.

The shuttle team is launching to perform the following mission: —

Seven NASA astronauts are counting down to a June launch of their STS-117 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), where they plan to install a new set of solar arrays.

It should be a spectacular show at the launch.

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