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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Countdown Begins for Space Shuttle Launch

The countdown to the first shuttle launch in 2007 began Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT.

The 7:38 p.m. EDT Friday window is NASA's first opportunity to launch space shuttle Atlantis. There is a 70 percent change the weather will cooperate.

The shuttle will conduct an 11-day mission carrying seven astronauts. Its primary objective is to deliver a third pair of solar wings, which help power the international space station. Three spacewalks are also planned to continue construction of the orbiting outpost.

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  1. One of our dream vacations is to watch two launches in person, one at night and one during the day. Awesome!

  2. A night launch would be incredible.

    I keep hoping they'll land one in New Mexico again, but it's only happened once.


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