Tuesday, August 29, 2006

NASA Presses Ahead With Launch Plans

Atlantis heads back to Launch Pad 39B where it will ride out Tropical Storm Ernesto.
Image source: NASA

An AP newswire article by Mike Schneider, via ABC News, reports that:

Five hours after starting space shuttle Atlantis on a slow crawl toward its hangar, NASA changed course Tuesday and sent it back to the launch pad, saying the forecast for Tropical Storm Ernesto had improved.

The change could give NASA a small window about a day to attempt a launch next week. The space agency is trying to keep to a tight schedule of flights to complete construction of the international space station.

Atlantis was almost halfway into the 12-hour journey back to the Vehicle Assembly Building aboard a giant, caterpillar-track platform when NASA reversed course Tuesday afternoon.

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