Atlantis and the STS-125 crew launched at 2:01 p.m. EDT today, on a mission to upgrade the world's most famous observatory.
NASA: Atlantis, seconds after lift off
-From Cheryl L. Mansfield (NASA STS-125 Blogger)
Interesting pre-launch entries...Blog.
Mon, 11 May 2009 11:02:42 AM PDT
"The shuttle rolls into a head-down position as it climbs skyward. About 30 seconds after liftoff, Atlantis' three main engines throttle down to about 72 percent. One minute after launch, the engines throttle up again to 104 percent, bringing the vehicle to the peak of aerodynamic pressure called "max Q." More.
National Geographic in a behind the scenes (pre-mission)
Naked Science: Inside Hubble's Final Mission:
NOTE: Contrary to MSM News reports and assoc. publications, touting 'danger' of space debris as (1-in-221?) FACT: Danger is manageably LOW, and it is standard protocol for NASA to prepare a rescue craft for a mission, such as this... In most insider opinion, hand fatigue is the most crucial challenge Astronauts face..
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Coming soon, In 2013...
NASA's next orbiting observatory and successor to the Hubble, the James "WEBB" Space Telescope; will launch into space, to begin NEW technology! -MORE. ...Taking earth's vision deeper into our origins.