Space Shuttle Launch to Be Broadcast Live on CBS

The Atlantis is scheduled to depart on its final mission on Friday.
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Friday's final Space Shuttle Atlantis launch will be covered live on CBS.

The network has dispatched Scott Pelley to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where in addition to narrating the actual launch, he will conduct a town meeting with people from the area whose liveihoods will be impacted by the end of NASA's shuttle program.

The actual launch is scheduled for 11:26 a.m. ET but it will likely be postponed due to weather. There is currently a 70 percent "no-go" forecast for the event.

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CBS says Pelley will remain in Florida until the launch actually happens, even if it is rescheduled. Typically, shuttle launches are moved to the next day when weather delays occur.

NASA is closing down the 30-year-old Space Shuttle program to focus on space exploration and missions further into the galaxy. NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver told reporters, "We believe that on behalf of the American people, it is time for NASA to do the hard things to go beyond low-Earth orbit."

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected watch the launch at or near the Kennedy Space Center.

Other coverage of the final launch includes Science Channel's Last Shuttle: Our Journey, which will air Friday at 10 p.m. and include footage from the launch and interviews with the crew.