Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Flight Readiness Review Under Way at Kennedy

Officials are gathered today at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the agency-level Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, where they'll verify space shuttle Atlantis is ready to fly its STS-132 mission. Afterward, the official launch date will be set. Liftoff currently is targeted for May 14 at 2:20 p.m. EDT. A news conference will follow the conclusion of the review.

Meanwhile, at Kennedy's Launch Pad 39A, technicians continue orbiter aft closeouts and preparations for the upcoming launch countdown, which will begin about three days prior to liftoff.

Inside the fixed-base simulator at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Atlantis' astronauts will practice deorbit preparations while fully suited.