Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch

May 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Space Shuttle Atlantis launched Monday, sending astronauts to repair the damaged Hubble space telescope.This will be the space shuttle's last visit to the Hubble telescope. The 19-year old observatory needs new batteries, gyroscopes and cameras.

The repair work was originally planned for 2004 and has faced repeated delays. The forecast is for near-perfect weather in Florida. Only rain was forecasted in Spain, an emergency landing spot for the shuttle.

Space Shuttle Endeavour is on another launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center just in case there is a problem and the Atlantis crew needs rescuing.

It's important to note that this shuttle mission is a bit more high risk than the others because Atlantis will be flying at a higher orbit so it's more prone to coming into contact with space junk.

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