The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is offering a chance to see the final launch of NASA's shuttle Atlantis.
The museum will be broadcasting a televised showing via satellite of the liftoff at the planetarium beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to make the final launch at 11:19 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Seating is free and first-come, first served.
Shuttle Atlantis will be carrying the Russian Rassvet Mini-Research Module and an Integrated Cargo Carrier-Vertical Light Deployable to the International Space Station.
Atlantis was the fourth operational shuttle built and was delivered to Kennedy Space Center in April 1985. The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on its maiden voyage on October 3, 1985. It flew one other mission, the second night launch in the shuttle program, before the space shuttle Challenger disaster temporarily grounded the shuttle fleet in 1986.
Atlantis was used for ten flights between 1988 and 1992, two of which deployed the planetary probes Magellan to Venus and Galileo to Jupiter. During another mission in 1991, Atlantis deployed the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. Beginning in 1995, Atlantis made seven straight flights to the former Russian space station Mir as part of the Shuttle-Mir Program. Shuttle Atlantis has also delivered several vital components for the construction of the International Space Station (ISS) between 2001 and 2008.
For more information about the STS-132 mission, including images and interviews with the crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/. There will be just a few sighting opportunities over Portland of both the shuttle and ISS during the 12-day scheduled mission.
The sighting times can be located at this link: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/region.cgi?country=United_States®ion=Oregon
Please note that the shuttle lift-off date and time is subject to change by NASA.