Monday, March 10, 2008

STS-123 Launch Tonight

Countdown continues for the launch of space shuttle mission STS-123 at 2:28 AM Eastern time. (That's 0628 UTC.) Yes, that's the middle of the night, but that's when the window opens. Night owls in the southeast should get a rather spectacular light show. It's really amazing how bright it is.

NASA TV schedule (All times UTC):

NASA TV coverage begins ----------- 0130
Launch (middle of 10 min window) -- 0628
Launch video replay --------------- 0641
Additional camera replays --------- 0713
Post-launch news conference ------- 0730
Ascent team video replay ---------- 1200
Launch engineering replays -------- 1228

At present, weather has only a 10% chance of preventing launch.