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November 13, 2008

Weather for Friday's shuttle launch: "70% go"

Posted: 11:18 AM ET


The 45th Weather Squadron from Patrick Air Force Base is predicting a 30% chance that weather will delay the Shuttle launch scheduled at Kennedy Space Center for 7:55 EST Friday evening.  The astronauts on the STS-126 mission will transport equipment to expand the International Space Station to accomodate a crew of six.shuttle-endeavour1


According to NASA’s Oct. 1 press release, "Endeavour will carry a reusable logistics that will hold supplies and equipment, including additional crew quarters, a second treadmill, equipment for the regenerative life support system and spare hardware."


However, the concerns for Friday are thick clouds and possible rain showers within 20 miles.  If the launch is delayed, the conditions are only expected to get worse.  The 45th Squadron expects a 70% probability of scrubbing a Saturday launch.  Should the launch be delayed twice, Sunday's improving forecast lowers the postponement probability to 20%.


NASA also monitors weather conditions at the primary emergency landing sites.   Conditions are good at California's Edwards Air Force Base and the White Sands Missile Range site in New Mexico.  Two of the three Transatlantic landing sites -  the Istres Air Base in France, and Zaragoza in Spain, may have marginal conditions should they be needed for an emergency landing - something that's never happened in the history of the Shuttle program.


Miles O'Brien will cover the launch live Friday night at 7:55pm on CNN and CNN International.


Jamie Burns, CNN Weather 



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S Callahan   November 13th, 2008 12:28 pm ET

To all going....Have a safe journey....take lots of pics to share with us back home...and don't forget the wrench.....:-)

Ralph   November 13th, 2008 12:51 pm ET

God Speed Endeavour and her Crew. Thanks for keeping The Dream alive!

Biff   November 13th, 2008 2:11 pm ET

"God Speed?" "Keep the dream alive?" Oh please......this is a monumental waste of money. These are the equivalent of long-haul truckers carrying space station pieces into low-earth orbit. unmanned rockets can do this for a fraction of the cost. The shuttle is dangerous, expensive, and has no obvious science mission. Get rid of this junk and move on to doing some real science NASA.

Brian   November 13th, 2008 3:07 pm ET

Keep reaching for the stars!

Tyler W (Portland, OR)   November 13th, 2008 7:59 pm ET


It might be a monumental waste of money but what else are we going to spend it on?

Bailouts for banks so they can pay themselves billion dollar bonus?

Wars overseas that make other countries better off then our own?

yeah i think ill stick with the rocket ships and space missions.

Gary   November 13th, 2008 10:00 pm ET

LOVE the shuttle, always have and always will. Launches still send chills down my spine. NASA and the Astronauts are still glorious to me - God Speed, indeed!

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