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The Space Shuttle astronauts are now awake and prepping for breakfast before they suit up for the ride to the launch pad.
It’s an early wake up call in the morning to head to the beach to watch the 8:56 am ET liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour on its final mission into space. It’s a tight launch window of 5 minutes and 46 seconds. The latest report from NASA:
Endeavour’s Fueling Begins On Time
Sun, 15 May 2011 11:43:36 PM EDT
Fueling of space shuttle Endeavour’s external fuel tank with more than 500,000 gallons of super cold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen began on time at 11:36 p.m. EDT. Clocks began counting down again at T-6 hours following a two-hour built in hold. Forecasts remain at a 70 percent chance of favorable weather for Endeavour’s liftoff set for 8:56 a.m. EDT. Teams are not working any issues that would delay launch. Watch live commentary on NASA Television and at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. (Note: Launch commentary will begin at 3:30 a.m. ET)
The crew members for space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 mission are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori.
During the 16-day mission, Endeavour and its crew will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for Dextre.
I’ll be posting launch photos from my vantage point on the beach, approximately 15 miles away from the launch pad. So check back after 10 a.m. ET for pix.
Here’s a great shot of Launch Control.
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