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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 7 - LAUNCH OF SHUTTLE ATLANTIS
This Franklin Fact is from Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts.
Today at 6:11 pm EST, Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off with five
astronauts aboard from Kennedy Space Center, bound for earth orbit and the International
The Atlantis mission is to deliver a new station section and other supplies to
the Station's live-in crew of three. Atlantis will dock with ISS Friday morning
around 9 am EST.
Here's something you may not know: both the Shuttle and Space Station are
easily visible to the naked eye during early morning and early evening passes
over the Delaware Valley, because the spacecraft reflect sunlight to earth.
So if you look up at the right time, you can see both as they slip silently
across the sky at 17,000 mph.
To find out when these spacecraft will be visible next, point your Internet web
and click on "Space for Kids" or go to
and follow the directions. Here's your chance to get "in touch" with the
space program - wave to the astronauts as they fly by!