Today’s launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis went according to plan and the crew of seven astronauts are now chasing the Hubble Space Telescope for its final servicing mission.
As I’m a little behind the curve on reporting this story, I thought I’d assemble some links to other sites who covered the launch far more expertly that I can at this late stage. However, not to be outdone, I wanted to share this incredible high definition video of the launch. If you want to watch the embedded HD version, look below, but if you want the full, i’m-on-the-edge-of-the-launchpad-oh-my-god-i-can-feel-the-heat wide-screen version, check out the awesome, fully-loaded YouTube HD video.
- Space shuttle launches on last mission to Hubble (New Scientist)
- Atlantis Begins Pursuit of Hubble Space Telescope (NASA)
- Final servicing mission begins to extend Hubble’s life (Spaceflight Now)
- Space shuttle Atlantis heads to Hubble (Astronomy)