Astronauts Strapped In for Flight

Commander Charles O. Hobaugh, Pilot Barry E. Wilmore, Mission Specialists Mike Foreman, Robert L. Satcher Jr., Randy Bresnik and Leland Melvin are secured in their seats aboard shuttle Atlantis. Radio checks are continuing for the crew while the countdown clicks down on schedule for a liftoff at 2:28 p.m. EST.

The launch pad Closeout Crew will close the hatch, pressurize the crew cabin, check for leaks, and then finish up remaining work inside the pad's environmentally controlled White Room before leaving the area.

Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters reported to Launch Director Mike Leinbach that the launch forecast is "green," which means there are no weather constraints for liftoff this afternoon.