Sunday, May 10, 2009

NASA ready for Shuttle launch to Hubble trip

NASA is ready for its launch of space shuttle Atlantis on its final mission to service the Hubble telescope, the US space agency said on Sunday."Atlantis is ready to fly," said test director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, adding that the countdown to launch was proceeding on schedule, with liftoff expected Monday at 2:01 pm

The 11-day shuttle mission aims to provide the fifth and final maintenance operation to the Hubble before the shuttle fleet is retired, and if successful NASA has said the mission would extend the star-gazer's life by at least five years

NASA experts stressed that the Atlantis mission carries heavy risks.

"This will be the most challenging servicing mission that's been faced by our astronauts in terms of the total amount of work,"

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