At 2.45pm – right on time – the Space Shuttle Atlantis rose from Cape Canaveral on a 11 day mission to the International Space Station, delivering the Columbus laboratory.
Atlantis was supposed to launch in early December, but a sensor problem forced the delay until today. When it returns from this mission, Atlantis’ next task is to service the Hubble Space Telescope in August.
If you want to see when the shuttle (and the space station) are flying over your area, just visit the link on the side of the page. They will both be visible in the evening skies, if (and when) we ever get some clear nights.
You can follow the mission at the shuttle mission page and if there are any special events, we’ll talk about them here. Locally, we have the Community Media Center to thank, as they broadcast NASA-TV on local cable channel 24 (Livewire). The GRAAA sponsors NASA-TV locally.
So Godspeed Atlantis, and good luck. And welcome to the New World, Columbus.