Rescue shuttle moved to launch pad just in case

Apr 17, 2009
Space shuttle Endeavour stands ready after arriving at Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, April 17, 2009. Endeavour is scheduled to launch June 13 and will deliver the exposed facility of Japan's Kibo laboratory to the International Space Station. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(AP) -- Space shuttle Endeavour is on a launch pad, ready to rocket off on a rescue mission if shuttle Atlantis needs help when it flies to repair the Hubble Space Telescope next month.

Endeavour rolled out early Friday to a at the Kennedy Space Center and is on standby in case the on Atlantis need a safe ride home. Atlantis is on a separate launch pad less than two miles away.

Ever since space shuttles resumed flying following the 2003 Columbia tragedy that killed seven astronauts, NASA has had a rescue plan in case of irreparable damage. Most of those missions have been to the space station, though, where astronauts could camp out for two months. The Hubble mission doesn't offer a safe haven.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: There's a crack forming on Rosetta's 67P: Is it breaking up?

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Date for Hubble Mission

Jun 07, 2007

NASA managers officially are targeting Sept. 10, 2008, for the launch of the fifth and final space shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. During the 11-day flight, Atlantis' seven astronauts will repair ...

Shuttle Atlantis Rolls to Launch Pad for Hubble Mission

Sep 04, 2008

At 9:19 a.m. EDT this morning, space shuttle Atlantis began its slow trek from Kennedy Space Center's massive Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A, a journey that should take approximately six hours. ...

Atlantis To Move To Launch Pad Saturday

Nov 07, 2007

Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 10, as preparations for the STS-122 mission move forward.

Endeavour Rolls To Launch Pad for November Launch

Oct 23, 2008

(PhysOrg.com) -- Space shuttle Endeavour began moving off Launch Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Thursday morning at 8:28. It will take about seven hours to reposition the shuttle for launch on ...

Space Shuttle Atlantis To Move To Launch Pad Saturday

Aug 26, 2008

(PhysOrg.com) -- Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, Aug. 30. Atlantis is targeted to lift off Oct. 8 to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Recommended for you

NOAA's DSCOVR going to a 'far out' orbit

4 hours ago

Many satellites that monitor the Earth orbit relatively close to the planet, while some satellites that monitor the sun orbit our star. DSCOVR will keep an eye on both, with a focus on the sun. To cover both ...

Cosmic puzzle settled: Comets give us shooting stars

8 hours ago

Suspicions that shooting stars come from comet dust, transformed into fiery streaks as they hit Earth's atmosphere, have been bolstered by Europe's Rosetta space mission, scientists reported Monday.

Mysteries in Nili Fossae

10 hours ago

These new images from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express show Nili Fossae, one of the most enticing regions on Mars. This 'graben system' lies northeast of the volcanic region of Syrtis ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

SparkyMetal
5 / 5 (1) Apr 19, 2009
Glad there's a "back up" plan. I watched a NOVA special on the repair mission; they said it was supposed to be insanely dangerous for the astronauts ... I can't fully remember all the details of the risks involved - anyone out there know? Hope they get back safe & sound.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.