Update: The launch was postponed due to stormy weather.
Update 2: After postponements, the launch finally took place late Friday night.
Looking for something to watch on this summer evening? Tune into NASA TV, where you can watch a live video feed of astronauts prepping for a flight to the international space station.
Seven NASA astronauts are set to launch at 10:36 p.m. PT tonight from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. They have already climbed into the shuttle and if you tune in now you can see them and their support crew bustling about on board.
The video feed isn’t particularly high quality, but it’s being helpfully narrated by an astronaut who identified herself as Katie and is explaining all sorts of things about what we’re seeing.
Some 17,000 pounds of Discovery cargo set to rocket into space includes experimental equipment, supplies, and the pieces of a $5 million treadmill named for Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert (actually, “the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill”), whom NASA humored with the exercise equipment after he put in an online bid to have a space station room named after him. He said in a prepared statement:
“Let’s face it, being weightless is mostly just a desperate bid to get away from that bathroom scale every morning,” Colbert said. “But you guys and gals are ambassadors to the universe. Don’t make us look bad. Put down the astronaut ice cream, tubby. Tubby, tubby, two-by-four, couldn’t fit through the air lock door.”
Update: Max from Livestream adds: “You might want to mention this feed too. It includes editorial coverage live from KSC with Miles O’Brien (ex-CNN Space expert) http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts128/status.html”