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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Watch the STS-130 Endeavour Launch Live


I have some quick replays of the launch ready from various positions around Florida. [click here to see]

**4.17am 02/08/2010**

The Endeavour has successfully launched! I will be replacing the live player with a recording of the launch as soon as it is processed. Thank You very much for watching!


Unacceptable launch weather conditions have scrubbed this morning’s planned launch of STS-130. Low level clouds moved in to the area, creating a hazardous condition for the space shuttle in case of an issue during launch that would cause a ‘return to landing site’. Low level cloud cover would make it very hard for Endeavour to find its way back to the shuttle landing facility here at Kennedy Space Center.

NASA officials have not yet announced when they will try again, though unofficial word says they will skip an attempt tomorrow at 4:14 a.m. and try again Tuesday morning at 3:51 a.m.

Image above: (From left) Mission Specialist Nicholas Patrick, Pilot Terry Virts, Mission Specialists Robert Behnken and Kathryn Hire, Commander George Zamka and Mission Specialist Stephen Robinson. Image credit: NASA 

Commander George Zamka will lead the STS-130 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Endeavour. Terry Virts will serve as the pilot. Mission Specialists are Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken, Stephen Robinson and Kathryn Hire. Virts will be making his first trip to space. 

Shuttle Endeavour and its crew will deliver to the space station a third connecting module, the Italian-built Tranquility node and the seven-windowed cupola, which will be used as a control room for robotics. The mission will feature three spacewalks.

Liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is scheduled for February 7, 2010, at 4:39 a.m. EST

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This will be the last scheduled night launch of the NASA Shuttle program. The player above will be live all night until an hour or so after launch, and is provided courtesy of the intrepid videocasters at SpaceVidCast.