Atlantis Gets a "Go" for Tanking

The Space Shuttle Program Mission Management Team met at 4:30 a.m. EST and gave a “go” to begin loading shuttle Atlantis’ external tank with more than 500,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen.

There now is a 70 percent chance of favorable weather for launch. The primary concern is for low cloud ceilings. All three Transatlantic Abort Landing sites are “go.”

Launch is targeted for 2:28 p.m. NASA Television will provide live commentary of external tank loading beginning at 5 a.m. and launch commentary and blog will begin at 9:30 a.m.