A space shuttle was announced to launch yesterday at 5:32 p.m. EDT at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Its mission is to search for water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the moon's south pole. The satelite was lifted off on an Atlas V rocket with a companion mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO.
Its original launching schedule was June 16th, but was cancelled after a hydrogen gas leak was discovered on a vent pipe leading off the shuttle's external tank.
We were at Cocoa Beach at around 3:00 p.m., to make sure we can get a better spot. Cocoa Beach is only several minutes away from Cape Canaveral. More and more people were coming as the time of launching get closer. At around 5:20 p.m. , everybody got their cameras and videos ready. So did I. Few minutes later, we heard the very loud roar. I was told it was the space shuttle. We were watching closely at the sky for the space shuttle to appear on sight... but we were disappointed to see nothing. The sky was very cloudy then, that it concealed the space shuttle up in the sky. Or maybe we should have use a binocular. It could surely help. "Well, at least we heard it!" was everybody's consolation words.