So, we are getting ready to launch Friday morning!! (It was supposed to be Thursday but it got delayed a day for a rocket mechanical test).
August 24th, 2012
It's only a 20 minute launch window, so it either goes, or it doesn't. Then they try again the next day.
Some information about our mission, if you want to listen to a NPR recording, or you can just read the article.
Here is a picture from a few weeks ago, before the fairing was closed and moved over to Kennedy Space Center. I'm not in this picture, I was already back in Maryland.
Some really cool pictures of ULA stacking the rocket inside the VIF (Vertical Integration Facility):
And here's fairing moving past the VAB out to the VIF.
Then the important part; hoisting the nose cone on top of the rocket:
So I will send more information out tomorrow about how you can view the launch. But basically it will be streaming live online and if you have DirecTV there is a NASA channel that should have it.
Please send me an e-mail if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). I'm in Florida right now, got to see the rocket rolled out to the pad this morning, and we are taking pictures tomorrow morning. Then I'm flying home so I can support the launch in the Mission Operations Center Friday morning.