Monday, May 11, 2009

Atlantis Launch Day Activities

Here is a rundown of upcoming launch day activities here at the Kennedy Space Center as the launch team prepares Atlantis for flight. All times EDT.

10:11 a.m.
Countdown resumes at T-3 hours
10:16 a.m. Atlantis astronauts depart crew quarters for Launch Pad 39A
10:46 a.m.
Astronauts arrive at the launch pad and begin to board Atlantis
12:01 p.m.
Atlantis' hatch is closed and latched for launch
12:51 p.m. Countdown enters a 10-minute planned hold at the T-20 minute mark
1:01 p.m. Countdown resumes at the T-20 minute mark
1:12 p.m. Countdown enters a 40-minute planned hold at the T-9 minute mark, during which the Mission Management Team, and Launch Control team will conduct polls to give a final "go" decision for launch
1:52 p.m. Countdown resumes at the T-9 minute mark
1:56 p.m. Auxiliary Power Units start at the T-5 minute mark
2:01 p.m. Atlantis lifts-off on the STS-125 mission

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