Space Shuttle Launch – Everything is GO for launch at 2:28 PM EST

November 16, 2009, By Thomas Antony

NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis is ready for another mission to the Internation Space Station. The STS 129 mission will be blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, in a little less than 30 minutes, carrying 6 astronauts and several tons of cargo, which includes two gyroscopes for the International Space Station.

STS 129

A scarf from the famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart is also among a collection of commemorative items flown on the STS 129 . The crew includes

The 11-day mission is expected to have three spacewalks by the astronauts to move the platforms loaded with spare parts so that they can be attached to the station’s truss.

The equipment delivered includes two pump modules, two gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, an ammonia tank assembly and a high pressure gas tank.

The weather forecast remains GO at the launch site as well as all the abort sites that the shuttle could use for landing in case anything goes wrong. The Shuttle Program is nearing its end with flight operations to cease with the final flight in September 2010.

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