[sarex] Hatched is Closed and Secured
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Wed Aug 8 13:48:41 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Hatched is Closed and Secured *
*Launch Date:* Aug. 8
*Launch Time:* 6:36 p.m. EDT(2236 UTC)
Image above: Commander Scott J. Kelly gets strapped in to his seat
inside Endeavour's cabin. Photo credit: NASA
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*08.08.07 - 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 UTC)*
The closeout crew wished the STS-118 team good luck and best wishes as
they secured Endeavour's hatch for launch. The astronauts are now going
through final checks inside the orbiter to prepare for their journey to
the International Space Station.
Countdown is proceeding smoothly, and there's only a 10 percent chance
of weather prohibiting a liftoff at 6:36 p.m. EDT.
Mission STS-118 will be the first for Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan,
the teacher-turned-astronaut whose association with NASA began more than
20 years ago. First Lady Laura Bush called Morgan Tuesday morning to
offer congratulations "one schoolteacher to another," and to thank her
for her commitment to the space program and to education.
+ White House News Release
<http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/08/20070807.html>< br />
The 22nd flight to the International Space Station, STS-118 will be the
first flight for Endeavour since 2002. Launch remains on target for Aug.
8 at 6:36 p.m. EDT .
+ STS-118 Mission Overview
+ STS-118 Fact Sheet (900 Kb PDF)
+ STS-118 NASA TV Schedule
+ STS-118 Briefing Animations
+ STS-117 Mission Archive
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