Endeavour – STS-130 – Launch Attempt 8 February 2010

Endeavour on the Pad
Image Credit: NASA TV

Now that the Saints have won the Super Bowl, we can get back to the important events that affect the real world.

At the moment we are in a built in hold at T-minus 3 Hours. Weather is looking very good. The Air Force 45th Weather Office is optimistic.

At 9:57 PM Phoenix time (11:57 PM EST) we have about 25 minutes left in this built in hold.

The current satellite weather map looks very favorable. There is only a thin band of clouds approaching Florida and the Cape that may affect the launch.

Weather is currently at 60% for a launch.

At 10:00 PM Phoenix time, there are no technical issues being worked prior to launch at 2:14 AM Phoenix time. Weather is expected to be favorable for launch on time. There are about 20 minutes remaining in this hold.

We will resume live blog about 30 minutes prior to launch.

Weather
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Suiting up
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Suiting up astronauts for STS-130.

At 1:55 AM Phoenix time we are at T-minus 9 minutes and holding. This is the standard hold, and are a few minutes from resuming the count. There are no issues at the present time and the range is clear. Launch in 15 minutes.

At 2:00 AM (4:00 EST) launch director is checking all systems prior to resuming the count. All systems are reporting GO. Weather is go. Endeavour is clear for launch.

L-11 minutes. Two minutes from resuming the count.

The count has resumed at t-9 minutes. There are no issues. Weather is good.

60 seconds and counting.

Launch.

Main Engine Ignition
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Main Engine Ignition
Lift Off
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Lift Off
15 Seconds
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15 Seconds into Flight
SRB Burnout
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SRB Burnout
Booster Separation
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Booster Separation
Main Engine Cut Off
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Main Engine Cut Off
Chasing ISS
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Endeavour Chasing ISS

One Hour after launch, Endeavor is in a stable orbit and chasing the International Space Station.

Endeavour is the last night launch. For 2010, that is one successful launch, with four to go until the Space Shuttle is retired.

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