Status Report

Atlantis and Crew Move Closer to Launch Day

By SpaceRef Editor
May 1, 2009
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This weekend, technicians at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A will finish stowing the Orbiter Boom Sensor System in space shuttle Atlantis. In addition, they’ll repair minor damage to a radiator faceplate on Atlantis’ left payload bay door. The damage occurred last week when a wrench socket hit the radiator during payload installation.

Launch countdown preparations began at Kennedy on Friday following Thursday’s executive-level Flight Readiness Review that cleared the way for a May 11 liftoff for the mission to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The panel determined the shuttle’s equipment, support systems and procedures are ready for flight. Launch is set for 2:01 p.m. EDT.

At NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the STS-125 astronauts completed medical checkups Friday prior to entering the standard prelaunch quarantine Monday. They are set to arrive for launch at Kennedy next Friday.

SpaceRef staff editor.