Two Shuttles, some waiting

By Phil Plait | September 19, 2008 10:30 am

For the first time in seven years, two Shuttles are at their launch pads at the same time. Endeavour was rolled out to pad 39B today, and Atlantis stands ready on pad 39A to launch on October 10 to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

… maybe. There were some issues with insulation on one of the payloads on Atlantis, but NASA says it’s all fixed. I still expect some sort of delay of the launch — these things are tricky — but like everyone else I’m hoping they get that bird up soon. Hubble needs its new instruments, new batteries, and new gyros. I want her to keep flying and peering at the Universe for a long, long time.

Space Shuttle Endeavour sits on the pad

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