Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Much like a performance of a ballet...

the mechanical and electrical sequencing required to launch a space shuttle is a closely choreographed series of critical events. For example, check out the countdown timeline for STS-134 which commences at the time of this post, at 2:00 pm EDT today.  Spoiler:  This dance climaxes Friday at 3:47:52 pm EDT. And I'm gonna be there to see it! 

Fingers crossed it all goes according to schedule, but if it doesn't, we've got several days built into our schedule in case of short-term weather delays and/or technical glitches.  Fortunately the weather forecast looks very good on launch day and "there are no hardware worries being worked."

RELATED:  Follow continuously updated STS-134 mission status.

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