The Rotating Service Structure began moving away from space shuttle Atlantis at 2:38 p.m. EDT.
NASA checks for damage after lightning strike near space shuttle launch pad
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA is checking for any damage to space shuttle Atlantis or the launch pad after a lightning strike.
Atlantis is poised to blast off Friday on the very last shuttle flight. Thunderstorms, however, are threatening to keep the spaceship on the ground.
On Thursday, heavy rain and storms pelted the Florida launch site. Early in the afternoon, NASA reported a lightning strike within one-third of a mile (half a kilometre) of the pad. NASA says there are no immediate signs of damage, but technicians are checking the electrical systems.
The shuttle has yet to be fueled for its historic mission. And the four astronauts won't board until Friday.
Storms still casting shadow on last space shuttle launch, threatening Fri. liftoff of Atlantis
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Thunderstorms are still threatening to delay NASA's last space shuttle launch, set for Friday.
On the eve of the historic liftoff, a senior manager said Thursday that NASA will try for an on-time launch of Atlantis anyway. That's despite a 70 per cent chance bad weather would stop the liftoff.
Launch time is 11:26 a.m. (1526 GMT).
Atlantis and four astronauts will carry a load of supplies to the International Space Station. Also on board are hundreds of crew patches and pins, as well as thousands of shuttle bookmarks for kids, to commemorate the 30-year program.
At least 750,000 people are expected to jam Cape Canaveral and surrounding towns for the launch. Dozens of astronauts already are in town, including the very first shuttle pilot Robert Crippen. He flew Columbia in 1981.
An Engineering Review Board meeting begins at 4:30p ET to discuss the status of Atlantis & the launch pad after an earlier lightning strike
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RT @SpaceflightNow: Atlantis' countdown can proceed as scheduled after engineers determined no issues from pad lightning strike. http:// ...
Just got on the last bus to see #atlantis on the pad. 1000 feet away. Incredible. Pics to follow
Still 30 % chance it will fly tomorrow. thunder storms today have been epic. Doesn't bode well but fingers crossed.
plan to interview Julie Payette and Chris Hadfield tomorrow... Want to know about what's left to dream about in space program.
RT @CwG_NSF: At 1:30am, NASA managers will meet to determine if we fuel #Atlantis or not based on wx. If we decide to tank, fueling will ...
Lightening stuck near the launch pad just before we were bussed in. NASA says no systems were damaged. #atlantis
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#sts135 #CSATweetup: Full program on tomorrow @csa_asc regardless of if the shuttle launches or not.
RT @quinn_of_quebec: Really looking to meeting my fellow #CSAtweetup -ers tomorrow; an interesting and varied bunch! Really hope we see ...
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Travelling #CSATweetup-ers: weather forecast for tomorrow in Mtl - 27C, light winds & a few clouds. Bring your smiles & it will be perfect!
There's always hope! MT “@ASTRO_YYZ: Hoping for tomorrow. Recall 122 was also 70% red day of launch. Mtl tonight @csa_asc for #CSATweetup.”
STS-135 weather forecast remains 30 % favorable with a chance of showers & thunderstorms, flight through precipitation and ***ulus clouds.
It's 4:30 a.m. EDT and time for Atlantis' crew to wake up for launch! Tanking operations are on track & there are no technical issues.
Atlantis' external tank was fully loaded at 4:58 a.m. EDT. The Close Out Crew and Final Inspection Team are on their way to the launch pad.
#CSATweetup "@Cmdr_Hadfield: The sun is rising into a broken cloudy sky, the brilliant lights on Atlantis pointing to the purpose of the day
RT @AstroDaveMD: We're 30% go due to weather but it looks like it is clearing!