#NASATweetup Redux STS-134: 70 Percent Go for Monday, May 16, 2011
*SQUEAL!!!* Now that the weekend is here and space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to launch on Monday at 8:56 a.m., I can SCREAM how excited I am! I’ve been cautiously optimistic and plan to remain so until I actually see the shuttle and hear the rumble so not to be disappointed if the dreadful “S” word happens.
Although there won’t be a tent, NASA Tweetup for the STS-134 launch were invited back and we can view it fro the press area where we’ll have access to the NASA TV auditorium and bleachers. Yay!
I’ll be leaving very early Sunday morning, around o’dark-thirty, for the Kennedy Space Center to arrive by 10:30 a.m., in time for the 11:15 a.m. trip out to Launchpad 39A to see the retraction of the rotating service structure (RSS). After that, it’s off to bed because the press site opens at 3 a.m. on Monday morning. We’ll wave to the AstroVan as the astronauts head out to the launchpad sometime after 5 a.m. then wait. Anxiously we’ll wait.
What’s the Weather Forecast for Space Shuttle Endeavour?
From what I’ve been observing by constantly checking the Weather Channel and monitoring Twitter, right now, weather indicates a 70 percent “go” for the launch with concerns for “landing facility crosswinds and a low cloud ceiling.”
Seventy percent is good, especially since I know this is Florida and weather can change on a dime, especially this time of year.
Have I Mentioned I’m Excited?
NASA Tweetup was amazing last month but I left knowing I’d return for the launch. Seeing it will complete a 30-year circle and specifically, the burning desire to experience was millions others have – a space shuttle launch.
Stay tuned for updates and be sure to follow me on Twitter!