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By Pat Andrews
posted Jan 30, 2013 - 1:55:17pm
UPDATED THURSDAY, JAN. 31 — If you missed the Atlas V launch, you can still view the liftoff online at the NASA website.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED — The Atlas V carrying NASA's TDRS-K spacecraft rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility to the launchpad at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41.
The rocket is scheduled to lift off at 8:48 p.m. It is to deploy a data-relay satellite to support the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and other science satellites.
The 8:48 p.m. liftoff time is the beginning of a 40-minute-long launch window. The weather forecast continues to call for a 60-percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time.
Weather conditions for viewing the launch from West Volusia are a bit iffy, according to the local forecast, with clouds and some threat of a thunderstorm moving into the area, along with a cold front.
For more launch information, go online to NASA.
Launch coverage on NASA TV is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. Live countdown coverage through NASA's Launch Blog also begins at 6:15 p.m., featuring live updates as countdown milestones occur, as well as streaming video clips highlighting launch preparations and liftoff.
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