September 8th, 2006

Orbiter

Never heard that before...

I'm watching coverage of today's Atlantis launch preparations, and they just played a NASA announcement warning all KSC personnel, news media, and guests that, in the unlikely event of a launch accident within the first half minute, they should move as quickly as possible into an air-conditioned building or a bus or car with the windows closed.

Yeah, I guess in the event of a problem, there'd be lots of nasty fumes around the launch complex.

Ah, the announcer just explained that they make that announcement every time, and I've just never heard it before.

I hope Amy's parents are enjoying their visit to KSC today. :-) They're still more or less expecting to launch, despite the sensor malfunction. I suspect they'll make a final decision later; the consensus seems to be that they can fly without that sensor working.

Godspeed, Atlantis!
Orbiter

Scrub

Ah well. NASA has scrubbed today's launch attempt, and they'll try again late tomorrow morning. I won't be able to watch.