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Right now seven astronauts.
Are strapped in and ready to ride a column of fire into the heavens T minus one hour right now to one of the riskiest.
Shuttle launches a nasty history take a live look now at -- that launch pad 39 day.
At the Kennedy Space Center.
This space shuttle Atlantis went back on is set to blast off at 201 PM eastern time the hatch is now closed.
On the seven astronauts were setting out to repair the Hubble space telescope.
Five spacewalks are now plan and that's not dangerous enough the mission puts Atlantis on course -- -- shower of space junk.
Ended the shuttle was to get hit.
The International Space Station is too far away to go for help so now this space shuttle endeavor.
Is also sitting on -- launch that launch pad 39 B in case there were any type.
Of emergency let's get lied to Phil Keating he's at the Kennedy Space Center filled to shuttle's.
Simultaneously sitting on launch -- that's history.
Yeah this is only the nineteenth time in the entire special programs history -- -- had been two shuttles.
On to launch pad at the same time and -- this launch -- successfully as is expected one hour from now.
This will be the final day ever that we'll have.
You're -- all -- that you -- let us over there.
All seven astronauts strapped in their -- right now the hatch is closed counting down the last sixty minutes compared to the I -- here you got.
39 -- there is endeavor.
That crew would be a four -- -- crew.
They're not -- any -- in Houston but.
If there was an emergency determined by NASA that -- was not safe to reenter the atmosphere that could have a from space junk as you mentioned -- -- can also haven't from debris from the launch as was the case with Colombia.
Then they would send up endeavor for an amazing rescue operation we have some cool animation to show how that would actually go down.
The the Hubble telescope -- 350 miles above the earth.
The international space -- about comparisons only 200 miles so the so we'll go up so they're both cargo bay doors are open.
And -- opposing -- other.
They would then connect to each other to themselves with the big robotic arm and then three separate spacewalks the astronauts -- Shimmy down.
The arm on -- cable.
And they get into the endeavor that is safely return earth they don't expect that to happen but it's certainly the possibility of NASA is prepared.
Hey -- just got -- -- -- just crossing urgent right now they're saying that NASA has an ice team.
They're now out at the space shuttle they're looking at ice buildup on one of the -- the umbilical -- is there any word at all from NASA but if this might delay of this -- -- problem or is this just standard operating procedure.
Potentially it could delay a but right now they they have his eyes on the some local court.
Basically for the past couple hours the crew of the team out there are on the launch pad we were aware of it they've been watching it very closely to now they're bringing ice team -- to go ahead and see whether that icy buildup has built up even more now remember you have 500000 gallons of liquid hydrogen.
-- liquid oxygen that's extremely extremely cold.
Fuel and that's why the -- his or -- as insulation foam to try to prevent ice but back to the mission itself -- -- upgrade -- repair the Hubble space telescope.
Joining me now doctor Stanley love who is generally an astronaut but is also doctor love so you get -- that was your -- -- here the doctor.
The -- -- space telescope what it is facing your history is the most extraordinary discovered.
I think it's the fact that the universe that we thought was expanding it slowly decelerating because of the gravitational pull everything in the universe is actually speeding up.
Nobody expected that he had just tried everybody's minds this wonderful.
And it's explained by -- -- -- and the universe being made of this dark energy that we've still don't have address book that's correct we don't know what it is and it's going to keep a lot of people very busy for a long time now they plan assess the Hubble helped discover conclusively.
I know of pictures actually photographs.
Two or three extrasolar planets orbiting beyond other stars.
-- -- all of these amazing photos that we've all just been amazed that like the crab -- is one of the most famous was.
As long as just couple American kids see these pictures you think it's a good thing for the country.
I think so we need people who know science and technology our economy is based on science and technology and I hope we don't -- that superiority I think inspiring kids setting any kind of math and science is worthwhile.
All right you'll -- the -- -- intensive and have them when they don't want her right thanks -- -- much appreciated.
To the space shuttle heading up in about an hour at this ice -- -- is not a problem and the new camera and equipment upgrading the Hubble space telescope.
Is said to improve its discovery power by ten to seventy times so we thought the pictures of the past two decades were amazing.
A gradual -- about to get Trace Phil -- life -- the Kennedy Space Center getting itself about five minutes after the hour here in the east coast which means 5657.
Minutes from right now.
Space shuttle Atlantis will blast off to a -- have a little bit later on the show how long -- these improvements won't last because of course brightness spending -- of money on that.
Recent history on the Hubble telescope.
For about nineteen years the Hubble has provided us as we were just talking about -- clearest views of the universe going to see these amazing pictures were about to show you fill.
Mention a couple of them.
From crashing galaxies to the berth in the death of -- -- can actually watch that happening these photos.
The telescope's precise and sharp eye catches everything.
He was named after the American astronomer Edwin.
And it's helped pinpoint the age of the universe at about thirteen point seven.
Billion years almost as old trees are -- photos have even handed out as in life supporting planet earth -- -- them.
Astronauts meantime are playing a little space stamp on this mission there are two very special basketball's actual basketball stowed aboard the shuttle Atlantis.
And they are ready for lift off one of them is a century old.
It was once tossed around by the man of the hour astronomer Edwin Hubble he was six foot two.
And he was a star forward at the University of Chicago he won two Big Ten championships back in 998 and 1909.
The second -- you see those guys -- -- they are property of the world famous Harlem globetrotters they say they spend a hundred -- -- countries around the globe.
They wanted to expand.
To include space so when Atlantis returns the ball will go on to display at basketball Hall of Fame.
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