Friday, April 24, 2009

Atlantis Launch to Hubble now May 11th

Space shuttle program managers on Friday began to target May 11 as the new date for the launch of Atlantis on the final servicing flight to the Edwin Hubble Space Telescope.

Launch time on May 11 would be 2:01:49 pm EDT. A formal managers flight readiness review will be held next week to officially set Monday, May 11.

Atlantis' payload of equipment needed to repair and service the nineteen year old observatory reached the orbiter's payload bay on April 22. Mission STS-125 will include five spacewalks over eight days, as the crew work on Hubble at an altitude of 315 statue miles up.

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