You launch some, you scrub some

You launch some, you scrub some

Spaceflight is complicated, with many constraints and requirements that must be met before all systems can claim “go” for launch. Unfortunately for STS-130, this evening’s “dynamic” weather proved to be too risky for this morning’s launch. Endeavour’s first launch attempt was scrubbed at 4:30 AM EST. The good news? We get to try it again in just under 24 hours and get to experience all the launch countdown fun twice. Not bad! Check back with my tweets tomorrow for the status of Endeavour’s second launch attempt.

Pictured above: Endeavour’s crew as they walk out to the famous Astrovan that will deliver them to the launch pad.

8 thoughts on “You launch some, you scrub some

  1. volkemon says:

    Is was kind of disappointing to see the clouds roll in, stay for the launch, then roll out again. Sun shining down as I write this.

    Oh well- tomorrow’s another try. At least it was a good time hanging out with Mom, watching the blue heron feed in the shallows.

    Heh…”dynamic” weather?!? Come on back during hurricane season. :O I’ll be the lunatic riding a bike around with a diving mask on.

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    So sorry this happened, Rachel. But as you say, it just extends the excitement longer.

    Thanks for keeping us posted on what’s going on.

  3. volkemon says:

    Well, the Shuttle is up now!

  4. Rachel Hobson says:

    Yes, @volkemon – such an amazing experience! My piece will be up shortly. So glad you enjoyed it as well – great pictures. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

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Rachel Hobson is a writer, editor and social media enthusiast with a background in the DIY/Maker and science/geek communities. She's also a life-long space geek, and enjoys living five minutes from Houston's Johnson Space Center where she can get her fill of rockets any time she pleases. Her hobbies include hand embroidery, modern quilting and all things Lego.

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