Mon, 16 May 2011 03:12:00 -0500
Countdown activities continue on schedule as teams at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida prepare for the 8:56 a.m. EDT liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour on its final mission.
At Launch Pad 39A, the Closeout Crew is beginning to ready the climate-controlled White Room outside Endeavour’s crew access hatch and the Final Inspection Team, often known as the “Ice Team,” is conducting a detailed survey of the shuttle and the pad structure, checking for ice buildups or other potential issues.
Weather remains favorable with a 70 percent chance of good conditions at launch time and no technical issues are being worked. Follow along with Endeavour’s countdown milestones on NASA’s Launch Blog at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch_blog.html and on NASA TV at www.nasa.gov/ntv.