Final Space Shuttle Launch: Astronauts Board Atlantis Despite Questionable Weather

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After some concern over the weather, astronauts have boarded Atlantis for the final space shuttle launch. The four member crew is preparing for the 135th and final NASA space shuttle flight. The crew of Commander Christopher Ferguson, pilot Douglas Hurley and specialists Rex Walheim and Sandra Magnus will take supplies to the International Space Station.

Final Space Shuttle Launch: Astronauts Board Atlantis, 1 Million Gather to WatchFor 30 years, U.S. astronauts have been launching into orbit on the shuttles, and this final space shuttle launch is bittersweet. Nearly one million people are on hand to watch this historic event at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The weather still may not cooperate for the final space shuttle launch. The forecast actually has a 70 percent chance of storms and clouds by the time the official liftoff is scheduled at 11:26 a.m. With so many people on hand to watch the historic event, hopefully the weather will hold off to allow for liftoff.

If the weather does not hold for today’s Atlantis launch, NASA may be forced to reschedule the launch for Saturday or Sunday. Would as many people gather then? Perhaps even more could come due to the weekend.

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