February 6, 2008
Posted: 01:39 PM ET
Greetings from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida!
Today is L-1 (pronounced L minus one), which in NASA-speak means the day before launch. I'm here on site with Miami live truck operator Max Lewis getting set up for the big day tomorrow.
The headline out of today's Shuttle Status Briefing is that the engineers are seeing no significant technical issues with Atlantis, and the countdown is proceeding smoothly - but the weather could keep the shuttle on the ground Thursday. The official forecast says there is a 70 percent chance that bad weather will prevent launch tomorrow.
Friday and Saturday look better, but could still be problematic. High winds are forecast for Sunday. So we could be here a while.
L-1 is always a busy day for me. We don't have a building here at KSC, and trailers were banned after the nasty hurricane season of 2004. So I started the day about 8 a.m. at our storage room in nearby Cocoa, loading up my rental van with our tent, directors chairs, folding tables, shuttle model, and various other odds and ends that we'll be needing.
Half an hour and one massive security checkpoint later, I arrived here at the site, followed soon by Max driving the Miami live truck. The RV that we use as workspace was delivered about 10 a.m., and a delivery truck dropped off about 8 shipping cases of TV equipment shortly after that.
Our live location tomorrow will the roof of the Orlando Sentinel building next door to our lot. Max will get all the TV and electrical cable pulled over there today so we can hit the ground running with lights and camera set-up tomorrow. He'll also help me get the RV plugged in, the NASA television feed run to the TV there, and our computer network up and running.
Check this space tomorrow for Miles O'Brien's launch day blog!
- Kate Tobin, Producer, CNN Science & Tech
Filed under: NASA
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