NASA fuels space shuttle Atlantis for liftoff

By: AP
By: AP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is fueling space shuttle
Atlantis for its afternoon liftoff.

Atlantis is scheduled to blast off Monday at 2:28 p.m. on a
mission to stockpile the International Space Station with big spare
parts.

There's now a 70 percent chance that the weather will cooperate,
which is not nearly as good as previous days. Low clouds are the
main concern.

Atlantis' six astronauts woke up around the time fueling got
under way Monday well before dawn.

The 11-day flight is expected to keep the astronauts in orbit
through Thanksgiving. They plan to unload nearly 30,000 pounds of
pumps, tanks and other spare parts, as well as science experiments.

It's NASA's last shuttle flight of the year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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