Endeavour – 16 May 2011

Endeavour
Endeavour 7 Hours Before Launch
Image Credit: NASA TV

Endeavour at launch Minus 7 hours. Tanking is 2/3 complete.

See you in the morning for launch at 5:56 AM Phoenix time (1256 UTC).

Coverage on NASA TV.

Good Morning. At 5:20 Phoenix time, we are 40 minutes from launch and in a planned hold at T-Minus 9 minutes. The weather is good and the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has been cleared for launch by Range Safety.

The launch window for Endeavour will open at 5:55:43 Phoenix time (1255:43 UTC), the optimum launch time is 5:56:28 (1256:28 UTC), and closes at 6:01:29 AM (0101:29 UTC).

T-Minus 9 Minutes
Endeavour at T-minus 9 and Holding
Image Credit: NASA TV

At 5:41 AM we are 15 minutes from launch and 6 minutes from resumption of the count. Final polling of all systems is taking place at this time. All systems are go.

The launch countdown has resumed. T-Minus 9 minutes and counting.

T-Minus 9 Minutes
Endeavour at T-minus 9 and Counting
Image Credit: NASA TV

T-Minus 9 Minutes
Endeavour at T-minus 9 and Counting
Image Credit: NASA TV

T-minus 5 minutes.

Flight surface and engine swivel tests.

T-minus 90 seconds.

T-minus 30 seconds.

Launch.

1300 miles per hour downrange.

Booster separation.

T-Minus 9 Minutes
Launch
Image Credit: NASA TV

T-Minus 9 Minutes
Booster Separation
Image Credit: NASA TV

Main Engine Cutoff and External Tank separation is complete.

At 12 minutes into the flight, all systems are go.

We will see Endeavour at the ISS on Wednesday at 6:15 AM.

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