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STS-132: Launch Day

Atlantis is fueled up and ready for her final mission to the International Space Station. Tanking operations began this morning, just before 5AM EDT, and were complete by about 8AM.  The six-man crew will board Atlantis at 11AM EDT, for a 2:20PM liftoff. Only two more Shuttle flights are scheduled after this one - Discovery in September, and Endeavour in November. NASA reports:

Launch Day Arrives for Atlantis, STS-132 Astronauts

Space shuttle Atlantis at Launch Pad 39A after rollback of the rotating service structure
Image above: Space shuttle Atlantis is clearly visible on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after rollback of the rotating service structure. Image credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller
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At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, space shuttle Atlantis stands ready to launch on its 32nd and last scheduled mission, STS-132. Major milestones and event times for launch day are provided below.

Friday's Countdown Highlights (all times are listed in EDT)


4:15 a.m. Mission Management Team meets to give a "go" for the fueling of Atlantis
4:45 a.m. Fueling coverage begins on NASA TV
4:55 p.m. Countdown resumes at the T-6 hour mark with the fueling of Atlantis
7:55 a.m. Countdown enters a 2-hour, 30-minute built-in hold at the T-3 hour mark; fueling enters stable replenish
9 a.m. Launch coverage begins on NASA TV and Launch Blog
10:25 a.m. Countdown resumes at T-3 hours
10:30 a.m. STS-132 astronauts depart crew quarters for Launch Pad 39A
11 a.m. Astronauts arrive at the launch pad and begin to board Atlantis
12:15 p.m. Atlantis' hatch is closed and latched for launch
1:05 p.m. Countdown enters a 10-minute planned hold at the T-20 minute mark
1:15 p.m. Countdown resumes at the T-20 minute mark
1:26 p.m. Countdown enters a 45-minute planned hold at the T-9 minute mark, during which the Mission Management Team and Launch Control team conduct polls to give a final "go" decision for launch
2:11 p.m. Countdown resumes at the T-9 minute mark
2:15 p.m. Auxiliary Power Units start at the T-5 minute mark
2:20 p.m. Atlantis launches on the STS-132 mission
2:28 p.m. Main Engine Cut Off (MECO)

Friday Launch Still a 'Go'

Space shuttle Atlantis stands ready to fly at Launch Pad 39A
Image above: At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, space shuttle Atlantis stands ready for liftoff following loading of its external tank with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. Image credit: NASA TV

Live HD coverage at SpaceVidCast. Live video at SFN and Florida Today. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Preflight pics are up at JSC and Sentinel. Launch blog at NASA. Pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

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