T-20 Minutes and Counting

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Atlantis and crew are nearing liftoff at Launch Pad 39A.

Atlantis' countdown has resumed at T-20 minutes and counting. There is a planned hold at T-9 minutes that will extend about 45 minutes.

Engineers evaluating the fuel cell electrical issue have determined it likely is a function of the configuration of the lighting in the crew cabin and there will be no troubleshooting necessary prior to launch.

All systems including weather remain "go." Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters has changed the launch weather forecast to 80-percent chance of favorable conditions at time of liftoff.