Space Shuttle Atlantis ‘Go’ For Monday Launch, but possibly on the 17th

NASA cleared the space shuttle Atlantis to launch toward the International Space Station Monday on a delivery mission.

Atlantis is set to lift off at 2:28 p.m. EST (1928 GMT) on Nov. 16 at from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. to carry six astronauts and two cases of large spare parts to the station.

The weather outlook is optimistic for Monday, with a 90 percent chance of clear skies predicted.

“Overall Monday is looking good so hopefully we’ll go off on Monday,” weather officer Kathy Winters said during a Saturday briefing.

An Atlas V unmanned rocket slated to launch from the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Saturday stood down at the last minute for crews to investigate a power glitch. The cancellation frees up the schedule for Atlantis to proceed as planned, and Atlas managers will aim to try again to launch after Atlantis lifts off.

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