atlantis on pad 1234

Savoring the last mission.

Isn’t she beautiful? The 25-year old Space Shuttle Atlantis is ready for her last mission. She has made the journey into space 31 times and this will hopefully be her last. After returning from delivering a mini research station to the Internation Space Station, she will be kept in a state of readyness in case there is an accident aboard the ISS. It’s a big day for NASA geeks…

The launch is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. EDT today. As usual NASA TV has coverage all day today. This PDF gives the C-Band satellite info, but it’s also available online here. Follow the official news feed here.

via CrunchGear