Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Three Days to Launch.
It’s time to pick up my credentials and head out to the Space Center to get the lay of the land.
Media picks up credentials at two places, and it tends to change. I called NASA Media a few days ago and was tokd to go to the badging station on State Road 3, but I’ve driven there before only to find it locked. I decide to try the other badging station first because it is closer and because things tend to change. I find a long line at the first badging station and call NASA Media again. Badging is on State Road 3 — I trek over there and pick up my badge. I also could have been badged at the end of STS-133, but could never get by to get my new badge. No matter.
It is day T-3, Tuesday, the weather looks awful on Thursday night, the night before the launch, but is expected to clear.
NASA rates the chance of go on time Friday afternoon at 95-percent. The could also change in the snap of a finger, and often does, but for now things are looking good. Unlike other d=launches, if this one is delayed, I’ll stay with it. I’m supposed to be somewhere else next week, but if the shuttle isn’t launched, I’ll remain in central Florida until it goes. There’s always an asterisk by that — if it is delayed weeks or months, as it has been, obviously I will go, and later return.
Today the media was invited to visit with several astronauts and to photograph the arrival of the STS=134 crew and family. The crew and families flew from Houston to Kennedy Space Center in Florida arriving about 1 p.m. ET.
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