NASA Gives Atlantis Crew Go Ahead for Hubble Rescue

Oft-delayed mission set to launch tomorrow
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2009 12:10 PM CDT
A wild pig grazes in the grass near the space shuttle Atlantis Saturday May 9, 2009 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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(Newser) – NASA has declared space shuttle Atlantis' crew fit to fly, and weather permitting, the much-delayed 11-day mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope will take off tomorrow, reports Endeavour is standing by just in case Atlantis itself needs rescuing. The mission includes five spacewalks and lots of tinkering with Hubble, in hopes of extending the 19-year-old satellite's life to 2014.