[sarex] STS-117 Launch Day
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Fri Jun 8 03:02:41 PDT 2007
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*Launch Date:* June 8
*Launch Time: * 7:38 p.m. EDT
Image above: At Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility, Mission STS-117
Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Lee Archambault are ready to begin
practice flights in the shuttle training aircraft. In flight, the
aircraft duplicates the unpowered orbiter's descent for landing on a
runway. Photo credit: NASA/KSC
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*06.07.07 - 10:30 a.m. EDT*
At this morning's Countdown Status Briefing, NASA Test Director Steve
Payne reported that after many months of hard work Atlantis is ready to
launch. External tank inspections are in process and there are no issues
Upon completion of all checks and inspections the access platforms will
be retracted. The xenon lights will be lit, brightly illuminating the
space shuttle, which can be seen from miles away.
"We're ready to fly tomorrow," said Payne.
Roy Worthy, external tank and solid rocket booster vehicle manager,
described the multitude of repairs performed on the external tank and
thanked the hundreds of workers who labored days on end to complete the
STS-117 Payload Manager, Robbie Ashley, reported that the payload was
loaded into the orbiter's payload bay this week and everything is ready
and secured for launch.
Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer said there is now only a
20-percent chance that weather would affect the launch. A high pressure
ridge has entered the area and although the typical Florida afternoon
storms may develop, they should be west of Kennedy Space Center and not
an issue at launch time.
The forecast for tomorrow morning is for light winds and a zero percent
chance of weather prohibiting the loading of propellants into the
Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Lee Archambault have been practicing
landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft and the entire crew is making
final preparations for tomorrow's liftoff.
Transfer of the hydrogen and oxygen reactants were completed this
morning. These reactants will be used by Atlantis to generate power
during the mission. The umbilical unit was secured once the loading was
The launch pad's rotating service structure is scheduled to roll away
from Atlantis at 10:30 p.m. tonight. When in place, the giant revolving
enclosure is used to install payloads into the orbiter's cargo bay and
provide protection from inclement weather.
On Friday, launch day, propellant loading is set to begin at about 9:30
a.m., with the pumping of more than 500,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and
hydrogen into the vehicle's orange external tank.
NASA TV coverage of the launch and live launch countdown coverage from
NASA's Launch Blog will begin at 1:30 p.m. EDT Friday.
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